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February 13, 2008 1:04:37 AM

I just preordered a Nvidia 9800 GX2 from EVGA. The sales rep reported that the *updated* release date is March 13th. It appears that the rumors were true about the green machine pushing back the launch. They are going to release their new Gefore with their new Mobo at the same time. Last, but not least, the MSRP is currently listed at $450. Its a deal as far as I am concerned since these are two G92's Geforce 8800 GTS 512s glued togeater.

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February 13, 2008 1:26:37 AM

Dayam, $450, thats a bit of alright :) 

If the benches can demonstrate ~50% extra fps, (which is a reasonable request) i will pick one up fo shizzle!!
February 13, 2008 3:49:13 AM

So if it comes out at say $550, do you have to pay the difference?
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February 13, 2008 4:11:43 AM

sorset said:
I just preordered a Nvidia 9800 GX2 from EVGA. The sales rep reported that the *updated* release date is March 13th. It appears that the rumors were true about the green machine pushing back the launch. They are going to release their new Gefore with their new Mobo at the same time. Last, but not least, the MSRP is currently listed at $450. Its a deal as far as I am concerned since these are two G92's Geforce 8800 GTS 512s glued togeater.


How can one pre-order one of these already?
February 13, 2008 4:29:55 AM

I'm still surprised they didn't innovate like ATI. I'm sure it will be faster than my 3870x2, but two PCB's together in one package? Nvidia can do better than that. The future is multicore GPU's and I foresee two dual core GPU's on high end cards within a couple of years, so Nvidia has to get on the ball with two GPU's on a single PCB.

As for the price of $450, that's good for anyone wanting a single 8800gtx, those have to drop. That used to be the price range for high end cards before it all got out of hand with Nvidia 8800gtx Ultras arriving closer to $600. I'm glad ATI is putting the pressure on them at that price range.

Competition is good for everyone, regardless of which GPU you prefer.
February 13, 2008 5:49:11 AM

Comp is good! Glad we still have comp on the GPU side.
February 13, 2008 8:25:47 AM

Pre-order? lol someone just got scam...
February 13, 2008 9:48:00 AM

was the site you preorder from based in some former USSR country like Lithuania or Esthonia?
OUPS...... hehe :) 
February 13, 2008 7:53:17 PM

I got curious and went to EVGA's site. I did not see it listed for preorder. Unless he made a phone call and paid a down payment, I can't see a preorder being possible.

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=8

We know it's arriving, we just don't have a formal release date

http://forums.vr-zone.com/showthread.php?t=230836

It will probably outperform the 3870x2, but I wouldn't want the heat. Plus, I really do prefer Avivo to Pure Cinema and even though I bought it for gaming, I want to get a Bluray player down the line too.
February 13, 2008 8:42:06 PM

I'm still in favour of the 3870x2 because in March with their 8.03 driver update, ATi will be giving us CrossfireX :D  3870x2 + 3870, or even another 3870x2 down the road :D 

And btw, OP either got scammed or is trolling.
February 13, 2008 8:56:25 PM

how do you glue 2 gpu's together
February 13, 2008 8:59:36 PM

Quote:
how do you glue 2 gpu's together
You must be Nvidia.
February 13, 2008 11:58:27 PM

yipsl said:
I got curious and went to EVGA's site. I did not see it listed for preorder. Unless he made a phone call and paid a down payment, I can't see a preorder being possible.

Phew!Glad to know I wasn't the only one. I thought I was missing something on EVGA's website when I did not see a 9800 listed anywhere. Methinks the OP is full of ****.

February 14, 2008 12:36:34 AM

He said he was speaking with a sales rep, so it could have been by phone.

Regardless, if I step-up my 8800GT, the cost will only be around $200/$250!
February 14, 2008 1:27:09 AM

The company is called Technologies for Tomorrow. They are a small business in Pensacola, FL and have a great repor with EVGA. They are getting the first 100 units of the Gefore 9800 GX2 that EVGA ships. The downside is that if the MSRP goes up, so will the price. It isn't a Newegg thing, but I prefer to support local small businesses. Plus if there are any problems, you can take it to them and say, "I spent $450 dollars and this crap doesn't work!
Because they are vendors they can get info that joe schmoe cannot. However, considering a 8800 ultra is 800 dollars, 30% faster at $450 is music to my ears. The biggest plus is that since I use a WS Ultrasharp 27", I need the 1 gig of memory to push the frames.
February 14, 2008 1:37:23 AM

the Ultra goes for around 600 to 550 now.
February 14, 2008 2:44:31 AM

Still expensive in comparison to the $450 spent on a better performing card, no?
February 14, 2008 3:21:17 AM

Well Tomshardware said Nvidia will announce something of the 9800GX2 tomorrow on valentine days?

"The expected price: around $449 US. Expected announcement date: February 14, 2008."

Also rumor of its release on March?

Gah I hope there's some news tomorrow beside the same page as today.
February 14, 2008 3:55:32 AM

sorry.... why won't they glue two ultras together then?
February 14, 2008 5:16:10 AM

hok said:
sorry.... why won't they glue two ultras together then?


think about the price...
February 14, 2008 5:23:22 AM

I'm not expecting much (for a few months at least)
February 14, 2008 7:35:26 AM

Will 9800GX2 - SLI be the future? Honestly what would you say is today's best call for a high end comp. A bunch of GT's / GTS in SLI or wait on the GX2?
February 14, 2008 8:55:44 AM

Synh said:
Will 9800GX2 - SLI be the future? Honestly what would you say is today's best call for a high end comp. A bunch of GT's / GTS in SLI or wait on the GX2?


Mutli GPU cards have potential to be great in my opinion, but I think the software is really holding it back. Everything from drivers to video game titles. The multi GPU cards that are available today are basically Crossfire/SLI in one package. As we know already, some games don't take advantage of Crossfire or SLI and some may favor one or the other.

Like I said I think driver support for the GX2 will be important or else its going to flop just like the 79xxGX2. We know history tends to repeat itself, but practice also makes perfect. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Nvidia to surprise us.

February 14, 2008 9:05:28 AM

jevon said:
I'm still in favour of the 3870x2 because in March with their 8.03 driver update, ATi will be giving us CrossfireX :D  3870x2 + 3870, or even another 3870x2 down the road :D 

And btw, OP either got scammed or is trolling.


I have a 3870x2 now and once my new power supply arrives, I'll install it. A 790 board down the line for CrossfireX interests me. The possibilities are:

1 3870x2 and another when affordable

1 3870x2 and one 3870, but since mine is MSI @850, I'd want a similarly clocked 3870

1 3870x2 and 1 next gen card (R700 or R770?) that may, or may not be, multicore.

Either way, CrossfireX sounds cool.

I might get a triple core Phenom to hold me over till 45nm quad core Phenoms. I originally considered it a QA issue, but if the triple cores are clocked higher than the quads, that leads me to believe one core is faulty and prevents higher stock speeds and overclocks. So, with that core disabled, a "3x3" system might be the answer to my mainstream gaming needs.

Okay, to Sorset, sorry it wasn't clear to me that you preordered from someone other than EVGA.

wh3resmycar said:
think about the price...


Nvidia started the overpriced enthusiast card bit. Before that, $450 was the usual range of upper end cards from both companies.

All they have to do is glue two Ultras with Black PCB's together, with a limited edition run of 1000, and then do a MSRP of $1200 for them. Nvidia could call them "Black Adders" and they'd get some Nvidiot to buy. If ATI did the same with two 3870x2's, then some Atipply fanboy drunk on power and too much cash would buy.

My price range used to be $250 or under. This is the first time I spent $450 and CrossfireX means it will be viable for the 3 years I'd expected to use it. I always thought that, in addition to a new standard that merges the best of Crossfire and SLI, that we needed viable multicards beyond two identical models.
February 14, 2008 9:44:41 AM

mrmez said:
Dayam, $450, thats a bit of alright :) 

If the benches can demonstrate ~50% extra fps, (which is a reasonable request) i will pick one up fo shizzle!!


The 9800GX2 will have = to two 8800GTS 512mb cards in SLI or better because theres no SLI scaling issues, it will scale like a single card with a single GPU. Nvidia is having trouble getting two 9800GX2's running together, the drivers are still not quite there yet. ATI is smart for using a single 12 layer PCB design for their 3870x2, Nvidia could have done better on their design. I see it now, 9800GX2's dieing early deaths because of the extreme heat put out by those dragons.
February 14, 2008 11:39:25 AM

I know the place and I will check it out. I have dealt with them in the past and becasue they are a small bsuiness they don't have the volume for big discounts and they need to run a profit. If it is $450 there it will be much cheaper online. I'm very skeptical at this point.
February 14, 2008 11:48:43 AM

sorset said:
I just preordered a Nvidia 9800 GX2 from EVGA.



Why do that when all the rumours (and NVidia pushing back the launch dates) would indicate problems?


Not better to wait and see if its any use before buying? :??: 
February 14, 2008 9:23:26 PM

Well, if his preorder didn't involve a down payment but merely getting on a list and paying whatever the card costs once it's released, then that makes sense.

If he really wants Nvidia, then even a 10% refundable deposit's not a bad idea. If I'd known about 3870x2 back in September, I'd have bought a PSU with an 8 pin PCIe connector, instead of the Antec 550 with only two 6 pin PCIe.

Little did I know that a 3870x2 would arrive by February and I'd buy one on February 1st. Now, I just have to order a new PSU tomorrow when I get paid. The 3870 is a 2 1/2 pound wonder to behold, but it should be in my PC, not on my shelf.
February 14, 2008 9:30:19 PM

I would never pre-order a card that hasn't been benched or reviewed no matter who makes it.
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