Albatron 9800GTX-512X Graphic Card Review

Albatron 9800GTX-512X

The Albatron 9800GTX-512X, so is the 9800GTX card that great? Is it an improvement over the 8 series cards?

The Appearance

Yet another card based on reference cooler. I don’t know but I’m kinda bored looking at reference heatsinks again and again. Of course it looks sleek but I think my descriptions are better off cut & paste since reference coolers for nVidia cards are practially the same, enough to be described in 2 words – BLACK and GLOSSY. 🙂

Anyway, back to the routine – yes it’s a huge card that occupies 2 slots, comes with 2 DVI and 1 S-Video output.

Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X

The Bundle

– Power connector
– HDTV-out
– S-Video cable
– DVI-VGA converter
– Composite TV Video Cable
– Installation guide & driver CD.

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU 9800GTX
GPU Code Name G92
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Bandwidth 192-bit
Memory Capacity 512MB
Core Clock 675Mhz
Memory Clock 1100Mhz (2.2Ghz DDR)
Shader Clock 1688Mhz

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz
RAM 2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition
Motherboard Albatron PXP35
Cooler Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System Windows XP (SP2)
Driver Version ForceWare Release 175 (Version: 175.16)

The Performance

The Albatron 9800GTX-512X runs at 675Mhz core clock and 1100Mhz memory clock. Shader clock is at 1688Mhz.

Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X

Now, let’s have a look at the test results. I’ll compare it with the Albatron 8800GTS-512X and ASUS EAH3870X2 1G

3Dmark06

Default setting.

Card Score
9800GTX-512X 12175
8800GTS-512X 11926
ASUS EAH3870X2 13295

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Resolution Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
9800GTX-512X (16xQ CSAA) 1680 x 946 26.4 36.7
8800GTS-512X (16xQ CSAA) 1680 x 946 25.1 36.1
9800GTX-512X (4xAA) 1680 x 946 38.6 53.6
8800GTS-512X (4xAA) 1680 x 946 35.2 50.4
ASUS EAH3870X2 (4xAA) 1680 x 946 31.0 41.4

F.E.A.R.

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Resolution Average
9800GTX-512X (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 72
8800GTS-512X (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 74
ASUS EAH3870X2 (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 103

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Resolution Average
9800GTX-512X (16xQ CSAA) 1680 x 1050 53.6
8800GTS-512X (16xQ CSAA) 1680 x 1050 52.6
9800GTX-512x (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 58.8
8800GTS-512X (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 58.0
ASUS EAH3870X2 (4xAA) 1680 x 1050 58.6

The 9800GTX shows very little improvement compared to the 8800GTS. Make 2 identical machines and place them side by side, one with an 8800GTS and another with 9800GTX and you can’t tell the difference.

So much for being a number ahead (9 series over the 8 series) and a class ahead (GTX over the GTX) – the card is practically an 8800GTS!

Overclocking

I’ve managed to push this card to 745 / 1000 and got it to successfully pass 3dmark06.

3Dmark06

Default setting.

Core / Memory Score
675 / 1100 12175
780 / 1175 12344
780 / 1100 12443

Operating Temperature

The card runs at 56°C on idle and 69°C on load. When overclocked, the card idles at 56°C and 71°C on load. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

Conclusion

While the Albatron 9800GTX-512X is a nice card but with the recent release of ATI’s HD4850 that performs similarly to the 9800GTX is many area while being cheaper, and also the new nVidia’s own GTX260 and GTX280 also being released. One could acquire a used 8800GTS for that level of performance. Realistically speaking, we’re looking at a card that offers much less value unless the price drops.

Now considering the faster core, memory and shader clocks and the additional PCI-E power connector needed compared to the 8800GTS, I’m pretty disappointed that the performance improvement is minimal.

Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X
Albatron 9800GTX-512X

Oh and to make things worse – nVidia’s silly naming convention, with 9800GTX (a really nice name) given to a card like this just doesn’t make sense. Like what a friend of mine over at TechARP mentioned – the 9800GTX should be named the 8900 or something, which I whole-heartedly agree. It’s not even a class ahead, let alone a generation ahead. 🙁

9800GTX cards? They (regardless of brand) won’t be on my recommendation list.

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38 Comments

  1. Hey, I heard that NVidia will drop the 9800GTX-512 price very soon.

    In fact, it has already dropped in Lowyat.net, see this link: http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/703839

    At RM849, this card becomes a very attractive buy for the performance it can offers.

  2. Author

    I saw the link that you gave. 🙂 AFAIK the last unit was sold though.

    It’s pretty hard to maintain a 9800GTX in the market when HD4850 is cheaper and does equally well.

  3. getting a review for the ATI cards anytime soon? (:

  4. Cool…But then some people do prefer Nvidia cards even though the 4850 is cheaper and performs almost on par with 9800gtx..or is it slightly faster than 9800gtx?

  5. Author

    People who prefer nV cards are probably fanboys. 😛 For me, I go for any card that gives me value for money.

  6. hehe..Lucky i settle with my 3870 =/..Don’t think will game much with my pc =/….(bought it 2days b4 4850 was release :D)

  7. There is really some issue with ATI driver, I am not NVIDIA fanboy.Although it is not serious like last time, it left a bad aftertaste for some people like me. I am looking forward to the review.

  8. Author

    ATI cards have some quirks here and there. If you guys remember my Frontlines : Fuel Of War review – ATI card have problem with shadows for that game. Not sure about now, will try it out.

    As for nVidia – they’re not problem less. Like how the 9600GT had problem with Sup.Comm FA when I tried it but it was fixed shortly after the new driver was installed.

  9. Cant wait for the HD4850 review.. Me myself also only buy Graphic card that suits the budget..

  10. in Msia, the price of 9800GTX still quite high (although it’s dropped), but Nvidia announced a price cut to USD199 recently.
    at least, locally, a RM8xx graphics card can’t fight a card with the same performance but priced at RM6xx.
    maybe the price of 4850 will drop even more, who knows?

  11. The most expensive card doesn’t mean it’s the best. Therefore, it’s better for you to read more reviews before you decide which to buy

  12. ive been an ATI fan from the ages of the 9600 series.. didnt get a GC upgrade for ages and was considering jumping to the nvidia wagon… lucky i didnt make that choice. ATI is back!

    😀

    the price probably wont drop until the release of newer cards of if nvidia suddenly decide to drop their prices rock bottom.. if theres a price war. in the end the consumer wins. 😀

  13. There is cons and pro for every gc that we use.. usually people will go for gc that value for money..

  14. We should support ATI to create competition for Nvidia. If Nvidia monopoly the market, it will be the winner.

    Therefore, we must keep consumers as winner!

  15. There is a lot of people using ATi card out there.. Most of my friend also using it.. So there will still be a price war..

  16. i always wanted to buy an ATi card, but too bad, my patience is not good…
    ATi always has delay in introducing new products, even after the product is introduced, you still cant find it in the local market, but the condition is totally different now!
    hopefully the custom cooler version of 4850/70 comes out faster!

    **my 7900gs costs me RM7xx 2 years ago, now the 4850 only RM6xx :X

  17. I also waiting for the custom cooler especially from HIS..

    **sure wan la.. If buying high end stuff when drop like hell sure like wan cry.. but not to value for money gc..

  18. 😡
    @sub_noob,
    if everybody thinks like this, AMD would’ve gone long time ago and Intel dominate the market.
    Do you know how bad is monopoly going to give impact on the consumer? Consumer will get the outdated technology at a surprising high price. think about that. and consumers have no choice but to squeeze out the money just to get the stuff…

  19. Value for money also doesnt mean cheap thing.. Im not any fanboy here, there is one time that i bought all the high end stuff and in one year it drop like hell.. Now, everything is all about the money when the fuel hike..

  20. The price for tech stuff drops the fastest especially handphones. Simply because they keep introducing new model.

    When you bought the stuffs you should’ve started expecting the price to drop like hell. 🙂
    Therefore, buying the latest model is not worth it
    Cheers!

  21. But like handphone its depend on the brand, nokia will get a better value compare to lg.. right?

  22. Maybe iPhone is better?
    i think the price tag for performance level is going down, or maybe just because RM worth more? cheh!

  23. supply and demand. simple basic economic.s

    what spammer is talking about is monopoly.

    this discussion is getting way out of hand. S:

  24. its more like a chat room to me…
    anyway, i wondering, why Nvidia high end products must stick with reference design, anyone can answer me?

  25. @kyLL
    I’m still in the topic. I’m just telling don’t always support Nvidia. Must support ATI also, 50-50 la to let ATI survive and compete with Nvidia and consumer will win.

    @DAAMIT
    this is a chat room when goldfries made it so by organizing the contest 😛
    well, it’s simple, because different users prefer different specs/games/design that comes with the GC

  26. @spammer, wasnt refering to you. lol. but the dicussion shouldnt fly off and become a topic about handphones.

    @DAAMIT when you say reference design, do you mean the cooler? im lost when it comes to this kinda technical stuff. lol. probably makes it easy to manufacture?

  27. owh… LOL
    it’s because users have different preference le..

  28. @kyLL, yes, i am referring to the cooler. i really dun understand, even ATi 2900XT has a IceQ cooler, but Nvidia 8800GTX only available in reference cooler.
    furthermore, 3870X2 has non-reference design too. but for 9800GX2, i guess no people are to split that 2 pcbs.
    i can tell that manufacturers are more innovative and creative in making ATi cards.

  29. i dont work in the industry but im assuming its for manufacturing purposes. u know how higher volume = lower cost per unit. keeps costs down in the early stages. until the manufacturers themselves come up with different/more effective forms of coolers.

    ati/nvidia then continue on to research more advanced gc’s, leaving the cooling solutions to the experts. the 3rd party manufacturers.

  30. Sometimes they just stick with the reference cooler because they also need to do research that cost a lot money also to produce a better solution.. Usually they only make 3rd party cooler depend on the models.. I would say a high demand gc usually get 3rd party cooler..

  31. i was saying that, why the Nvidia’s high-end cards are using the reference cooler only.
    i believe there is some restrictions that its partners are not allowed to change the design.

  32. I think that is one of the reason they did not produce any 3rd party cooler and whole lot more reason

  33. Sub noob, i agree with you that the cost will raise if they produce a card with custom 3rd party cooler.. All is about contract problem, if one company want to produce a 9800gtx with custom cooler, then they have to take the risk to raise a price of the card..

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  35. but with a better cooler, i believe we would pay more for that willingly.

  36. @DAAMIT,

    Nowadays, graphic card company just release the custom cooler fan on the best sell card for the fans to collect or boost the highest sell.

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