Okay I currently have a Sapphire X1950XT 256MB which I have overclocked to 677/945 (52C idle, 69C load). I am considering purchasing the ASUS EN9800GT for a replacement. I know this card is cheap, but my questions are how much of an improvement will I see? I mainly play FPS multiplayer games such as CoD4 and the ASUS comes with free copy of WAW. I was also going to overclock the ASUS as I was told by a friend that the 9800GT’s overclock nicely.
The rest of the rig, please dont laugh as I am not a hardcore gamer, is below. If anyone has any other recommendations please keep in mind that I honestly dont want to spend more than $140ish for a new card. Thank you for taking your time to help!
I just ordered this card on the 26th, the Asus EN9800GT. It's a great buy. I also run an older X2 box. I do plan on getting Core2 upgrade motherboard and CPU in the next few months.
If you go to the ASUS website, that exact model is not listed yet. Newegg is frequently the first seller of new models. The Asus design with non-reference cooling is supposed to be 7-9 degrees cooler than reference plus the HB designation in the new part number is likely the "Hybrid Power" designation which would mean this is the new 55nm chip which runs cooler and overclocks better.
I did find a similar cooling option available from the ASUS Autralia website:
If you like the game and were planning on getting it, its a $50 game even at Wal-mart right now, so the package price after rebate of $113 delivered is a steal. I would have gone for a 4850 if it was within $20 but they are not worth $40 to $50 more which they are costing right now. Plus they are hotter and louder than this card.