Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

Today I introduce to you the 9800GTX+ that was used in the hit article nVidia GeForce GTS 250, just another 9800GTX+? that was published just a few days go.

The Appearance

I really liked this card when I first saw it, small in size and having a decent heatsink. As you can see Forsa uses a rather fierce fictional warrior character on their sticker – good! Way better than the green frog from Palit and the warrior babe from Asus.

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

The heatsink sports copper heatpipes.

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

The card comes with 2 DVI and 1 s-Video output.

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

The PCI-E connectors are placed facing the casing’s front. I didn’t quite like that position as I prefer the PCI-E connectors to be more easily accessible.

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

Back portion looks like any other graphic card.

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

The Bundle

– 1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
– 1 x S-video to Composite cable
– 1 x Power cable
– Driver CD

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU 9800GTX+
GPU Code Name G92
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Bandwidth 256-bit
Memory Capacity 512MB
Core Clock 738Mhz
Memory Clock 1100Mhz (2.2Ghz DDR)
Shader Clock 1836Mhz

Forsa 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Coreâ„¢2 Duo E7200 @ 3.4ghz (8.5×400)
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
Power Supply Gigabyte Odin 550 GT
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Driver Version Forceware 182.08

The Performance

All tests were done with 4xAA. Alternatively you could view the stats at nVidia GeForce GTS 250, just another 9800GTX+? article as well. I’ve updated the content with Forceware 182.08 driver results.

F.E.A.R.

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680×1050

Card Average
9800GTX+ 82
GTS 250 79
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 83

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
9800GTX+ 29
GTS 250 28
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 20

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
9800GTX+ 40.8
GTS 250 40.3
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 48.1

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946

Card Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
9800GTX+ 45.1 58.1
GTS 250 42.3 56.5
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 49.6 59.6

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
9800GTX+ 10.77
GTS 250 11.85
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 14.11

Devil May Cry 4

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4
9800GTX+ 107.86 75.35 128.76 79.34
GTS 250 104.05 71.24 123.40 76.62
ASUS EAH4850 TOP N/A because I didn’t test with it.

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
Forsa 9800GTX+ 7
GTS 250 7
ASUS EAH4850 TOP 25

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

  Idle (°C) Load (°C) Stress (°C)
Temperature 40 54 87

Pretty hot but one thing good was that it’s silent. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at 1680×1050 with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

Power Consumption

Please note that the numbers below indicate the wattage for the entire system, not the graphic card alone.

  Idle (w) Load (w)
System Power Consumption 89 148

Conclusion

Nice looking, nice performance. I still find it damn hard to give call these cards RECOMMENDED. It’s still a G92 from the 8800 series. 🙁

Forsa, you have a good card here but seriously – I can’t place a RECOMMENDation for this card simply because there’s the GTS 250 around, blame nVidia for their nonsense rebadging.

*I’ll reveal the GTS 250’s identity later this evening. Do check back! Yes, it’s the first time I’m releasing 2 articles in a single day. Remember to come back!*

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6 Comments


  1. Author

    Looks alright but I find the GTS 250 would be better value.

  2. i have already has this item on my pc,but my problem is my computer using old motherbord processor pentium4,2×512 mb ram.170gb hard dics.when i play some game is bad.can you solve my problem please.

  3. Author

    The solution is in your hands – you’re basically running a really old system that couldn’t juice up the card.

    So an upgrade of the system will help a lot because your card is now bottlenecked by the system.

  4. i’m using dell optiplex gx280 pentium4
    3.66GHz and 1.5Gb ram
    i got a gt 9800 geforce(forsa) from a friend
    the cable was not included, so i do not know the number of pins the i’ll buy must have pls help’maybe it will solve my problem

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