With the ATi’s strong comeback with the HD4850 GPU, nVidia also made an attempt with the 9800GTX+.
Today, our contender from nVidia’s camp is the Colorful 9800GTX+ Twin Turbo 512MB.
I’ve always thought the Gainward HD4850 GS had a great looking custom cooler but the Colorful 9800GTX+’s cooler would beat it hands down!
Then again, it looks almost exactly like a ThermalTake DuOrb cooler, so is it exactly CUSTOM? I’d leave you to be the judge. Basically it’s a heatsink with dual fan and 4 heat-pipes.
Aesthetically speaking it’s a beautiful sight, a huge silver colored heatsink on a black PCB, with blue LED lighting up the transparent fan-blades – looks great if your components are showing blue blings already. 🙂 Just like mine!
Card Details & Bundle
The card comes with switches which are used for adjusting the voltage of the core and memory, in order to have a better overclocking ability. Unfortunately for me, the manual doesn’t say anything about the card to begin with, let alone the voltage matter. It’s not even found in their update product page 🙁 so you’ll just have to trust them on that.
Display output are on 2x DVI and 1 HDMI port.
Here’s a summarized detail of the card.
|Model||Colorful 9800GTX+ Twin Turbo 512MB|
|GPU Code Name||G92|
|Memory Clock||1120Mhz (2.24Ghz DDR)|
Oddly my review unit shows 760Mhz at 1120Mhz while the product manual says 740Mhz and 1100Mhz.
Pardon the image, it’s supposed to be “55nm” technology.
The card comes with
– 1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
– 1 x Power cable
– Utilities & Driver CD
More details at the official product page.
The computer setup used for this review.
|Processor||Intel Core™2 Duo E7200 @ 3.62Ghz|
|RAM||2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition|
|Cooler||Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink|
|Monitor||20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit|
|Driver Version||ForceWare Release 178 (Version: 178.24)|
Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB||71|
World In Conflict
Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB||23|
Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts
Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB||34.1|
Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946, 4xAA.
|Card||Snow (Average)||Cave (Average)|
|9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB||37.7||53.0|
Graphic Detail : Maximum (Very High) @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB||11.02|
As you can see, the HD4850 Golden Sample is still the in comparison. And I’m surprised that the 9800GT is pretty much close to it in at the tested resolution. The overclocked 9800GT still beat the 9800GTX overclocked version in some cases, which I suspect it’s largely due to the available RAM on the graphic card. If not, then it could be quality issue. 🙁
The card idles around 42°C on idle and around 75°C. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.
The 9800GTX+ itself is nothing revolutionary. It pretty much feels like the other 8800GTS / 9800GT / 9800GTX. 🙁 I certainly was expecting more from it, I was surprised on how some tests turned out it being only equal or less than the 9800GT Golden Sample 1024MB from Gainward.
The beauty of the Colorful 9800GTX+ is that it runs silent, and within the acceptable heat limit. Not only that, it offers voltage boost for overclocking. And to add to the value, it comes with Hynix 0.8ns memory!
Given a choice between the HD4850 GS and the Colorful 9800GTX+, I’ll consider this 9800GTX+ for 2 reasons. Firstly, the overclocking features. Secondly, for folding@home. 🙂 nVidia cards are great GPUs for those folding@home users. If I need to add a 3rd reason, it’s the blue LED. The HD4850 is the undisputed performance winner and gives better price:performance ratio.
UPDATED : I’ve removed the RECOMMENDED logo as I personally have reservations on the card. I’ve read other reviews, a stock 9800GTX+ could actually outperform a stock HD4850. So with that logic, an overclocked HD4850 would probably be around a 9800GTX+, while an overclocked 9800GTX+ of course would then perform better than an overclocked HD4850……. unfortunately this isn’t so.
In fact this is probably the only review you see that has the 9800GTX+ being so far behind the HD4850! I tried my very best, in fact I’ve never repeated benchmarking this many times before – it’s the best I could come up with from the exact same setting used for the 9800GT cards, the Colorful 9800GTX+ had the advantage of newer drivers as well.
I’ll leave you guys to be the judge from the following references ……
I see it as possible quality control issues. 🙁 I wouldn’t recommend this particular 9800GTX+ to anyone (yet). I did come by someone else who reported their Colorful HD4850 performed lesser than other HD4850. Coincidental? Maybe…… 🙂
Nevertheless, I hope Colorful could arrange for another unit for re-review. If it was a lemon unit, it’s understandable as every manufacturer does have lemon unit.