After ATI’s successful launch of the Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA realized that their GeForce 9800 GTX is slightly slower than the competition’s product. In order to fix this problem NVIDIA quickly announced a GeForce 9800 GTX+ which is identical to the 9800 GTX, but uses a die-shrinked 55 nm version of the G92 running at higher clock speeds. As always, Zotac has created an Amp! Edition card which runs at even higher clocks for added performance.
..While the GeForce 9800 GTX+ is faster on paper than the HD 4850, I seriously doubt you will feel the difference while gaming. Considering other metrics like price/performance and performance/watt, both the normal GTX+ and the GTX+ Amp! lose against AMD’s HD 4850 offering. One advantage the GTX+ cards have, is that they have more overclocking headroom left than ATI’s offerings. Zotac’s AMP! Edition is a bit too expensive for the performance added. If you are looking for an easy solution that is faster and does not require tweaking, then the Zotac 9800 GTX+ Amp! Edition is for you.
Published in: Graphics Cards on 2008-08-04