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ED#94 : NVIDIA Launches The GeForce 9800 GTX+
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ED#94 : NVIDIA Launches The GeForce 9800 GTX+

The NVIDIA G92 GPU is a phenomenal GPU because it's a fast and power-efficient GPU. Even after NVIDIA officially launched their new GT 200 series of graphics cards, they still managed to squeeze a little more out of the G92.

Today, NVIDIA officially launched the last member of their GeForce 9 family - the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus). The NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ is basically a higher-clocked version of the GeForce 9800 GTX. Here are its full specifications :

Manufacturing Process

• 0.055 Micron (55 Nanometers)

Transistor Count

• 754 Million

DirectX Support

• 10


• PCI Express 2.0

Stream Processors

• 128

Vertex Shader Version

• 4.0

Pixel Shader Version

• 4.0

Textures Per Clock

• Average 64


• 16

Core Clock Speed

• 738 MHz

Shader Clock Speed

• 1836 MHz

Fill Rate

• 47232 MTexels/s

Memory Bus Width

• 256-bits

Memory Size

• 512 MB

Memory Type


Memory Speed

• 1100 MHz (2.2 GHz DDR)

Memory Bandwidth

• 70.4 GB/s


• 400 MHz

Display Support

• Two dual-linked HDCP-enabled DVI-I outputs
• 7-pin TV-out

As you can see, the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ is nothing more than a GeForce 9800 GTX with a slightly faster GPU. NVIDIA bumped its core clock to 738 MHz with a correspondingly faster stream processor clock of 1836 MHz. As that's just a 9.3 % increase in clock speed, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ is unlikely to excite anyone who is already using a G92-based graphics card like the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB.

What's more interesting is the news that NVIDIA will drop the price of the "regular" GeForce 9800 GTX to US$199, with the GeForce 9800 GTX+ pegged at US$229. As such, the NVIDIA line-up of desktop graphics cards (compared to ATI's) becomes like this :





GeForce GTX 280 (1024 MB)



GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)




Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB)


GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512 MB)



GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB)

Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)


GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB)

Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB)


GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)


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