"The MSI packaging for the GeForce 9800GT is catering
towards gamers and advertised on it is that this graphics card is
NVIDIA PhysX ready, HybridPower ready, offers 512MB of GDDR3,
Shader OC ready, and is part of MSI's gaming series. Inside the box
the graphics card was well protected by a large soft Styrofoam
cutout and the graphics card was within an ESD bag. Included with
the graphics card was a quick user's guide, MSI Multimedia CD,
component video adapter, HDMI audio header, DVI to VGA adapter, DVI
to HDMI adapter, and video extension cable. Included on the MSI CD
is the Windows driver, a program for obtaining updated BIOSes and
drivers for the hardware, an MSI on-screen display program showing
various system information, and a variety of other Windows
programs. To Linux users, this CD will likely be of no value.
"The MSI N9800GT 512MB is quite different from NVIDIA's GeForce
9800GT reference design. MSI uses a red PCB for the graphics card,
an advanced dual-slot cooler, and its core/memory frequencies are
pushed beyond their reference specifications. The MSI 9800GT cooler
uses four copper heatpipes that extend from the GPU cooling block
to a series of aluminum fins. In the center of the heatsink is a
large fan to circulate the air and has a 4-pin power interface. The
GDDR3 memory on this graphics card is not cooled by any heatsink.
The 512MB of GDDR3 memory is made up of Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A
ICs, which are rated to run at 1GHz."