Like we saw it with the Sparkle 9800GTX card, the performance in Call Of Juarez drops significantly.
The last test to perform is Knights of the Sea, and in this game there’s a lot of open spaces and water. The cards ability to handle soft particles, reflections, HDR and light will be tested.
Judging by the tested situations, the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card is a high-end card – the card is leading the pack, except in the Call Of Juarez test.
At the same time you can see that the extra MHz, MSI has squeezed from the 9800GTX cards, provides an advantage compared to a standard card.
Just like it was the case with Sparkles version of the 9800GTX card, the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC is noisy as well – and if you want a quiet setup, you’ll quickly be looking for a new cooler. But an increased noisy level was expected when using a cooler that looks a lot like the one used on the 8800GTS series. But the 9800GTX card has an extra power connector and runs at a higher frequency, meaning more heat and therefore more noise.
Conclusion: In this test we’ve reviewed another 9800GTX card, this time from MSI. The MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card delivers very good performance. There’s no doubt that most people with a need for big performance will be satisfied, and if it’s not enough you can buy one or two more and go triple SLI.
The estimated price for the MSI card is on the wrong side of 2400,-, which is a lot when the cheapest 9800GTX can be bought for 1900,-. Comparing this with an 8800GTS card at 1500,-, the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card suddenly becomes less attractive.
Unfortunately Nvidia, and thereby MSI, has missed the target with the 9800GTX series – there’s no proper connection between performance and price. With the 9800GX card on the market, the 9800GTX isn’t even Nvidia’s top card, which could have justified the high price.
To put the last nail to the 9800GTX’s coffin, the card is very noisy even in an open environment with a lot of fresh air to cool the card.
If you want to run a triple SLI setup and have the HDMI connection, the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card is a good purchase. But if you want bang for the bucks, the 8800GT/GTS is still a way better purchase.
• Fine bundle • Pre-clocked • Good performance • HDMI converter • SPDIF input
• A bit too noisy • Very big card • Bad balance between performance and price