Palit GeForce 9800GT Sonic

The 9800GT is not a brand new GPU. It is quite simply a GeForce 8800GT with a few enhancements. One such upgrade is HybridPower, which allows the video card to be turned off (only on compatible motherboard) when not playing games

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Palit GeForce 9800GT Sonic
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  February 16, 2009

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Key Specs

API supported: DirectX 10
Connections: DVI x2, S-video x1
GPU: nVidia GeForce 9800GT
GPU frequency: 650MHz
Interface type: PCI-E

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The 9800GT is not a brand new GPU in terms of its underlying technology. It is quite simply a GeForce 8800GT with a few enhancements. One such upgrade is HybridPower, which allows the video card to be turned off (only on compatible motherboard) when not playing games. The 9800GT also boasts a SPDIF input connector for routing audio through the card and out through its HDMI port.

Standard 9800GT cards run their core and memory at 600MHz and 1800MHz respectively but as this Palit is a pre-overclocked ‘Sonic’ card, its core and memory run at 650MHz and 1900MHz instead. To keep the core and memory under control at their overclocked speeds, Palit has fitted a fairly large cooling system. This dictates that the card use two expansion slots but, on the positive side, the cooler proved whisper quiet in use.

From a performance standpoint, the 9800GT Sonic proved a strong mid-range buy; it offered playable framerates in all of our games at resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. For instance, World in Conflict and Company of Heroes reported scores of 27fps and 29.3fps. Not completely free of frame dropping but decent. Dropping anti-aliasing from 4x to 2x brings fluid framerates though if you have a more flexible budget, you’ll get far better numbers from Radeon HD 4850 cards.

Verdict: If you are limited to a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels (or lower), the 9800GT Sonic is a solid buy.

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