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MSI GeForce 9800GT 512MB

Nov 19, 2008, 11:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

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"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."

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