9800 Gx2 Hdmi
9800 Gx2 Hdmi
The pair of dual-link DVI connections have a maximum resolution of up to 25601600 on two LCD monitors at the same time, which makes for Xtreme HD. The GeForce 9800 GX2 is the very first reference designed NVIDIA graphics card that features a single HDMI video output on the board. HDMI is a new standard that combines digital video and audio in a single consumer-friendly connector. HDMI delivers a clear clean image at any window size, including full-screen high-definition resolutions up to 1080p. Combined with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology the GeForce 9800 GX2 is great for playing HD content from a Blu-Ray or HD DVD player. We did run HD HQV Benchmark on the GeForce 9800 GX2 and found that it easily scored 100 out of 100 points with the image quality assessment tool. Not a big shocker as the GeForce 9600 GT has no problem getting a perfect score.
The GeForce 9800 GX2 comes with a sticker covering the power connections, so be sure to remove the sticker and connect both the 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-E power connector. Also covered is the SPDIF audio header that will be needed if you use the HDMI connection.
With the stickers now removed we can see the 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors for the video card that both need to be used. For a single GeForce 9800 GX2, a 580-watt power supply unit is required at minimum. For dual GeForce 9800 GX2, a minimum of 850 watts is needed. If your system has multiple hard drives, higher-end CPUs, or other PCI devices, you should use a more powerful power supply. The GeForce 9800 GX2 requires both a 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-E power connector. The GPU will not operate with only two 6-pin connectors, which is unlike older cards where the 8-pin connector was only required for overclocking. The image above also shows the SPDIF cable in use, which will be required if you intend have audio through HDMI. If your motherboard has an internal SPDIF header, use the cable provided with the bundle to connect the correct pins from the motherboard connector to the SPDIF connector on the top edge of the graphics card as shown above.
The card does have a power status LED light that will be green if both power connectors are correctly plugged in or red if they are incorrectly or not inserted. The light is green, so our test system is ready to go! With two GeForce 9800 GX2 cards in the system running in Quad SLI mode, only one display will be active. Since only one of the two dual-link DVI connectors will be active NVIDIA placed a blue LED indicator on the 9800 GX2 card that is associated with the primary display.
Someone once said that having two of something is usually better than one. I can't really remember who, but it sticks in my head to this day. Maybe it was during one of those long talks that generally are there just to pass the time and not have much in the way of meaningful conversation. In this case, the "two of something" would be the dual G92 GPUs on the 9800GX2 from Palit. What if you wanted to run in SLI mode but the motherboard you have does not support SLI, nor do you have the option of Crossfire because of the fact your motherboard has only one 16x PCIe slot. Of course there is the option of purchasing a new motherboard, but the funds are there for one and only one item. The 9800GX2 is a valid solution to this problem. It features two graphics processor cores mounted on two separate boards that interconnect and are output through just a single PCIe 16x interface. This card is your perfect solution... SLI performance in a single package. Some say the pricing of such a card when compared to the cost of two discrete video cards does not make a wise decision. In reality, the pricing does (kind of) equal out to the equivalent of two G92 based 8800 GTS video cards.
The Palit 9800GX2 features 256 stream processors (128x2) which is 16 more than the king of the hill GTX280's 240. The GPU core clock speed is set at 600MHz with the 1 gigabyte of GDDR3 memory (512MB x2) clocked to 1000MHz. Sporting