Gigabyte 9800GT review

Can Nvidia's former golden boy shine once more?

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Our Verdict

An old favourite which doesn't stand the test of time, but is totally silent


  • Absolutely silent
  • Industrial looks


  • Expensive for performance
  • Not as fast as cheaper cards

Not so long ago, Nvidia's GeForce 8800GT was our favourite graphics card of the lot. In the same league as the Nvidia GeForce 3Ti and ATI's 1900XT, it had the sort of performance per pound ratio that flew off our charts and shamed all its contemporaries.

Then it was renamed the '9800GT', and we still liked it though – just not as much as before. Hoping to win back some of our initial love for the G92 core, Gigabyte has taken the relatively old chip and invigorated it by fitting an enormous passive heatsink.

Given that game engines really haven't advanced much since the original was pumping out frame rates with the best of them, it follows that decent performance plus absolute silence should be something of a winner. Not just for a lounge-based media centre, but any gaming rig that you don't necessarily want to sound like a jet engine taking off.

It certainly looks the part, with large copper pipes sprouting out of huge aluminium slats designed to convect the considerable warmth produced by the processor to a point on the card that it can be effectively disposed of. And it works very well too – we only had one problem benchmarking it that could possibly have been down to overheating, and were unable to reproduce it again.

More to the point, although it's clearly not as powerful as AMD's incredibly good value HD4770, it scales with resolution and image quality far better, so much so that with all details cranked up the two cards are equal. At lower settings the AMD card slaughters it, but again the 9800GT remains playable. So if it's silence you crave and you don't mind paying a premium, it's not a terrible choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model9800 GT
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset Series9
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameGigabyte
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Memory TechnologyGDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Memory Speed1800 MHz
Product ModelGV-N98TSL-1GI
Product NameGeForce 9800 GT Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberGV-N98TSL-1GI
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a new interface standard for consumer electronics devices that combines HDCP-protected digital video and audio into a single, consumer-friendly connector.

API SupportedDirectX 10.0, OpenGL 2.1