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Old 5th February 2009, 17:03   #1
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Default XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB XXX Edition

Despite packing performance thatís a good few frames per second faster than a stock 9800 GT (or the identical 8800 GT for that matter), and overclocking like an absolute BEAST, the XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB XXX Editon isnít perfect. At load, its noisy little cooling fan spins up much too early, and will start to annoy after a while, especially as it doesnít really seem to take a whole lot of graphics crunching to get it going.

It's competition thatís the biggest downfall for this card though. Despite boxing for position with the ATI Radeon HD 4830 512MB throughout our benchmark suite, the XFX GeForce 9800 GT is a good £20 more expensive now that 4830s can be picked up for a teeny bit more than £90. At that price itís hard to look beyond ATIís little bang for buck wonder and if youíre really set on spending close to £120 on a graphics card then a stock Radeon HD 4850 for £119.95 offers more go than the 9800 GT in the majority of tests - just be sure to bring some oven mitts as that stock cooler gets ludicrously hot even when idle.

Even competition from other Nvidia board partners is tough, with a stock 9800 GT from Zotac coming in at just £90 Ė a tidy saving of over £25 for only a little less performance and youíll still get the Nvidia exclusive features like PhysX and CUDA that an ATI card will lack.

The mid range graphics market is well known for being extremely hostile and it really looks like the XFX 9800 GT 512MB XXX Edition is something of a victim right now. While there is extra performance here in comparison to a stock 9800 GT, as well as plenty of overclocking headroom and a nice little bundle, the price premium is just too much, especially in comparison to £90 4830s and stock 9800 GTs. If it were closer to £100, itíd be a much more attractive prospect, but as it stands the XFX 9800 GT 512MB XXX Edition is just too expensive to be worth considering alongside the bloodthirsty mid-range competition.

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