Ignoring the Call of Juarez test, there’s no doubt about the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G being a high performance card, pulling away from the other compared cards. The MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card delivers the expected top performance.
Unfortunately there’s a downside as well. When the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card is working it produces a lot of noise. The little fan can’t keep up.
This compared to the fact that the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card is designed in a way that it won’t blow all the warm heat out of the case means that the system gets very hot. Conclusion:
In this review we’ve had the pleasure of looking at Nvidia’s new top of the line card in the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G version. There is a lot of stuff to say about the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card – both positive and negative. But let’s start with the negative to finish with the positive.
The MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G cards fan is very noisy in load conditions and gets very hot – contributing to heating up the rest of the system. The physical size of the card also pulls the card in a negative direction because it takes up a lot of space in the case and weighs a lot.
The last appeal about the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card and all other 9800GX2 cards is the way to plug in the two power connectors – it’s simply not thought through. At a price of about 3400, - everything should be thought through – including power connections.
The question is if the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G cards specifications and raw performance is enough to compensate for the above issues. There’s no doubt that the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card is one of the best cards on the market today – if not the best.
Besides the raw performance, you also get the ability to transfer both sound and picture through one bundled HDMI cable. The advantage about the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card is that you get the performance of an SLI setup without needing an NForce chipset.
There’s no doubt that the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G is performing very well, and looking at the performance and specifications with a couple of earplugs in the ears, the card gets warm recommendations.
• Good bundle
• Subliminal performance – Especially at high resolutions
• HDMI connection
• SPDIF input
• Best performing card at the moment
• A bit too noisy
• Very big card
• Hard to plug in cables
• Heats the rest of the system
• High-end price