On the card there’s a little cable that you’re not used to see at graphics cards. This is a fiber optics cable, transmitting light from an LED on the print, to the PCI bracket.
This makes it easier to find the proper DVI connection when it’s dark – a fun feature, but nothing more than that. The last thing we’ll look at before testing is the cooler.
The 9800GTX cooler looks a lot like the 8800GTS cooler, but longer. Under the hood you see some heatpipes.
Heatpipes, cobber base and aluminum fins to remove the heat from the card is a well tested solution, and previously we’ve seen/heard Nvidia produce low noise coolers, so it’s going to be interesting to see how noisy the Sparkle SF-PX98GTX512D3-HP is.