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9800GX2 quickly dissapearing from Newegg

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October 24, 2008 1:53:55 AM

Two days ago I was looking over Newegg, and like always I saw the EVGA 9800GX2 @ $280 still up there, limit of 99 per customer. Yesterday I looked again, sold out, ok. Now today, its gone completely. The cheapest 9800GX2 is now $420, and XFX, and there are only 6 models total, two days ago their was 8. There is a recertified EVGA one up there at $220, but I dont like the word "recertified", espically when im giving it over $200.

We saw this comming, I think dagger was one of the "first" to mention this would be happening and happen quietly once GTX sales really started lagging. Kind of sucks, because I was thinking about getting that $280 one after selling my 4870 when I get a new one back from VisionTek and eating the difference. Ill just get the 1GB 4870 from sapphire with the improved cooler.
October 24, 2008 2:07:23 AM

Lol, performance aside, 9800gx2 is old. The slow phasing out has been under way for a long time now. :p 

It's still available from other stores though. And no, you shouldn't go for "recertified." Buy new cards. :p 

Quick google search:
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/product.asp?PRDCOD...
http://www.directron.com/vcg98gx2xpb.html
http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=17371
http://www.fticomputer.com/scripts/details.asp?PRDCODE=...
http://bytecom.stores.yahoo.net/ev01ge98gx21.html
http://www.blazintech.net/computer-hardware/video-cards...
October 24, 2008 2:11:25 AM

BFG is back ordered lol. they have no more GX2s. If it were up to Nvidia, they would've phased this card out a long time ago, driver support I heard is also coming to its end for the GX2 (MaximumPC reference).
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October 24, 2008 2:13:02 AM

Lol 6 stores ive never heard of, but regardless...all under $300. Yea I know its old, but performance wise its better than a 4870. Only reason I was considering it was because im in a position to do a card swap. But the 4870 is more than capable of anything.
October 24, 2008 2:16:33 AM

L1qu1d said:
BFG is back ordered lol. they have no more GX2s. If it were up to Nvidia, they would've phased this card out a long time ago, driver support I heard is also coming to its end for the GX2 (MaximumPC reference).


Lol, 9800gx2 is eating into gtx280 sales. Nvidia would like to kill it as soon as possible. :na: 

As for driver support dropping, the latest official Nvidia driver, 178.13, still support all desktop cards from the 6000s generation.
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October 24, 2008 2:17:23 AM

Arent all the newer 98s 55nm? And isnt that why this is it?
October 24, 2008 2:23:23 AM

JAYDEEJOHN said:
Arent all the newer 98s 55nm? And isnt that why this is it?


9800gt, which is really a renamed 8800gt, is 65nm. No die shrink for that one, contrary to popular myth. :p 

Nvidia has always hated x2 cards because they lower the sales of badly performing Nvidia chipset sli motherboards. Nvidia would like to see people spend big bucks on sli instead of buying Intel boards plus x2 cards. 9800gx2 is a stop-gap card to take back the performance crown back in the 3870x2 days. It was supposed to be replaced by gtx280. The problem is that since 9800gx2 directly benefits from sli optimization Nvidia has invested in over time, its performance ended up above the gtx280 that was supposedly its replacement. Major blunder on their part. :p 
October 24, 2008 2:24:40 AM

Why pay $400 for a 9800GX2 when you can buy two HD4850s for less and run them in crossfire? Also Nvidia is stopping support of those cards, they will then be worth almost nothing in a couple years.
October 24, 2008 2:26:00 AM

NewLCD123 said:
they will then be worth almost nothing in a couple years.


And the same can be said for those two 4850. Or a 4870, or....any video card.
October 24, 2008 2:26:33 AM

dagger said:
9800gt, which is really a renamed 8800gt, is 65nm. No die shrink for that one, contrary to popular myth. :p 

Nvidia has always hated x2 cards because they lower the sales of badly performing Nvidia chipset sli motherboards. Nvidia would like to see people spend big bucks on sli instead of buying Intel boards plus x2 cards. 9800gx2 is a stop-gap card to take back the performance crown back in the 3870x2 days. It was supposed to be replaced by gtx280. The problem is that since 9800gx2 directly benefits from sli optimization Nvidia has invested in over time, its performance ended up above the gtx280 that was supposedly its replacement. Major blunder on their part. :p 


Thats interesting, I too thought that card was 55nm. :pt1cable: 
October 24, 2008 2:35:26 AM

spathotan said:
And the same can be said for those two 4850. Or a 4870, or....any video card.


Driver support is here to stay. See the "support" tab for the latest official driver. All the ancient 6000s cards are still there.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_178.13_whql.h...

As for price, gtx280 is over $400. 9800gx2 is under $300. Although of course, 4850cf is also very good value, now that you can find it for as low as $170 without mail in rebates, or $150 with.

Here's an idea of how 4850 cf fits into the big picture:
http://anandtech.com/GalleryImage.aspx?id=3344
http://anandtech.com/GalleryImage.aspx?id=3343
http://anandtech.com/GalleryImage.aspx?id=3342
http://anandtech.com/GalleryImage.aspx?id=3341

October 24, 2008 3:17:41 AM

The driver is still supported but that doesn't mean that there are still improvements made for the card. Same goes for the GX2, as far as Quad sli goes it is almost at it's peak.
October 24, 2008 3:25:46 AM

With christmas bonus comming up and tax returns in a few month, im getting that itch once again to buy useless stuff, even though ive swore I would stop since credit card bills debt is kicking my @$$. So I can A. Upgrade my PSU and get a 4870X2 and be like any other american and remain in debt, or B. Keep what I have, a 4870, or even C. hop on the 4850X2 if it ever launches........
October 24, 2008 3:56:14 AM

LOL I'm keeping my 8800GT no need for more right now.
October 24, 2008 12:41:41 PM

spathotan said:
With christmas bonus comming up and tax returns in a few month, im getting that itch once again to buy useless stuff, even though ive swore I would stop since credit card bills debt is kicking my @$$. So I can A. Upgrade my PSU and get a 4870X2 and be like any other american and remain in debt, or B. Keep what I have, a 4870, or even C. hop on the 4850X2 if it ever launches........


Aww... Americans... :sol:  If you're in debt, just get 9800gx2 instead of 4870x2, which cost nearly twice as much.

bobbknight said:
LOL I'm keeping my 8800GT no need for more right now.


Exactly. +1. :p 
October 24, 2008 8:27:16 PM

If you are in debt, pay it off first before spending more! I have no debt because I stick to my budget and buy older hardware, such as that hd2600xt.
October 24, 2008 10:57:24 PM

They are clueless over there I think. Limit is still 99 per customer, yet they are out of stock?

Im gonna be a jerk and contact customer support and see if I can pre-order/reserve 99 of them.
October 24, 2008 11:01:47 PM

spathotan said:
They are clueless over there I think. Limit is still 99 per customer, yet they are out of stock?

Im gonna be a jerk and contact customer support and see if I can pre-order/reserve 99 of them.


What if they track you down and make you pay for it all? More debt. :na: 
October 24, 2008 11:04:18 PM

dagger said:
What if they track you down and make you pay for it all? More debt. :na: 



:sweat: 
November 10, 2008 9:33:16 AM

I got one of the recertified 9800gx2s just as good as a new one but lot cheaper
November 10, 2008 12:13:41 PM

this thread is like 2 weeks old lol...
November 10, 2008 2:23:11 PM

My point still valid. LOL lol lol
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