Geforce 9800gtx: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Specs

GeForce 9800 GTX [in 1 benchmark]

GeForce 9800 GTX


  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 675MHz
  • Max video memory 512 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1100MHz
  • Maximum resolution


NVIDIA started GeForce 9800 GTX sales 28 March 2008 at a recommended price of $299. This is Tesla architecture desktop card based on 65 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 512 MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.1 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 70.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5″ (26.7 cm). 2x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 140 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


of a leader’s which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

9800 GTX


GeForce RTX

General info

Of GeForce 9800 GTX’s architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating 768
Value for money 0.11
Architecture Tesla (2006−2010)
GPU code name G92
Market segment Desktop
Release date 28 March 2008 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP) $299
Current price $189 (0. 6x MSRP) of 49999 (A100 SXM4)

Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

GeForce 9800 GTX’s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 9800 GTX’s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores 128 of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores 128
Core clock speed 675 MHz of 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors 754 million of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology 65 nm of 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP) 140 Watt of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature 105 °C
Texture fill rate 43. 2 billion/sec of 939.8 (h200 SXM5)
Floating-point performance 432.1 gflops of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 9800 GTX’s compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it’s interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support PCI-E 2.0
Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
Length 10.5″ (26.7 cm)
Height 4.376″ (11.1 cm)
Width 2-slot
Supplementary power connectors 2x 6-pin
SLI options +


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 9800 GTX: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory type GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount 512 MB of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width 256 Bit of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed 1100 MHz of 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth 70.4 GB/s of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 9800 GTX. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors HDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support +
HDMI Via Adapter
Maximum VGA resolution 2048×1536
Audio input for HDMI S/PDIF

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 9800 GTX, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX 11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model 4.0
OpenGL 2.1 of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL 1.1
Vulkan N/A

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce 9800 GTX. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

9800 GTX

  • Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

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Game benchmarks

Let’s see how good GeForce 9800 GTX is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce 9800 GTX performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

AMD Radeon R5 M435

NVIDIA GeForce GT 440

ATI Radeon HD 4810

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX

AMD Radeon R7 M365X
99. 54

AMD Radeon HD 6670

NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 9800 GTX from AMD is Radeon HD 4810, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Radeon HD


Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 9800 GTX:

ATI Radeon HD 5670

AMD Radeon R5 M435

ATI Radeon HD 4810

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX

AMD Radeon R7 M365X
99. 54

AMD Radeon HD 6670

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Radeon HD


GeForce GT


9800 GX2


Radeon HD
3870 X2


Radeon HD


Radeon HD


Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce 9800 GTX according to our statistics.

Core 2
Duo E8400


Core 2
Quad Q6600


Core 2
Duo E7500


Core 2
Quad Q9550


Core i3


Phenom X3


Core 2
Quad Q8400


Core i3

1. 5%

Core i5


Core i3


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EVGA’s Superclocked edition of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 9800+ is a fast 3D graphics card at an affordable price. You can expect it to play most current PC games at smooth frame rates, especially on lower resolutions. We’ve seen prices as low as $165 and as high as $235, so you would be wise to shop around. And those with limited upgrade room might consider the comparable card from ATI , the Radeon HD 4850 that, unlike the double-wide GeForce GTX 9800+, requires only a single expansion slot. Otherwise, the differences between these two cards, in price, power consumption, and speed are negligible.

  EVGA GeForce GTX+ 9800 Superclocked Diamond Radeon HD 4850
Price $165 $180
Manufacturing process 55nm 55nm
Core clock 756MHz 625MHz
Stream processors 128 800
Stream processor clock 1,836MHz NA
Memory 512MB 512MB
Memory speed 1. 1GHz 993MHz

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 9800+ chip debuted last July for around $230. In this «Superclocked» design from EVGA, Nvidia’s chip has its core clock speed boosted to 756MHz, from its stock 738MHz setting. This chip was supposed to be Nvidia’s Radeon HD 4850-killer, but as you’ll see on our charts, even this overclocked model only barely outperforms its competition.

Crysis (Assault Harbor, DirectX 10, 64-bit, very high, 4x AA)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

1,400 x 960    1,680 x 1,050    1,920 x 1,080   

EVGA GeForce GTX 9800+ Superclocked




Far Cry 2 (ranch medium, DirectX 10, very high)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

1,440 x 900    1,680 x 1,050    1,920 x 1,200   

EVGA GeForce GTX 9800+ Superclocked




Left4Dead (DirectX 9, 4x AA, 16x AF, very high)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

1,440 x 900    1,680 x 1,050    1,920 x 1,200   

EVGA GeForce GTX 9800+ Superclocked




We ran some rather aggressive benchmarks on these cards, and for the most part they held up well. The exception, as usual, is Crysis, on which neither card was able to achieve a playable frame rate. Even if the Radeon card was faster on that test than the GeForce, it’s still only hitting 20 frames per second on 1,400×960, the lowest resolution we tried. Dropping the detail level down to medium and the anti-aliasing to 2x resulted in frame rates around 35 fps, but still well below the 60 frames per second hallowed ground.

While Crysis remains the most difficult game out there for graphics card testing, our Far Cry 2 and Left4Dead test results provide a better indication of how the cards in this price range will handle current PC games. For Far Cry 2, you can see the two cards are roughly tied on the lower resolutions they favor. On the less difficult Left4Dead even the 1,920×1,200 setting poses little challenge. If you own a 24-inch display with a 1,920×1,200 native resolution and intend to play the more demanding games, we recommend that you spend for a higher-end card to take full advantage of the larger screen size. Otherwise, for the foreseeable future at least, either one of these cards should deliver a smooth, well-detailed gaming experience.

Power consumption
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EVGA GeForce GTX 9800+ Superclocked



If the performance is basically a wash, we find that each card has an advantage in other areas that might sway your buying decision. Even though it’s a double-wide, overclocked card, the EVGA GeForce GTX 9800+ actually uses less power than the Radeon card with your computer idling. With only a 14-watt difference, the GeForce card’s edge may be a small one, but if you’re prone to leaving your PC on for extended periods of time, it may actually save you a few bucks on your electric bill over the course of a year. As with virtually all 3D cards above $100, each of these cards also need a direct connection to your PC’s power supply, specifically a single six-pin PCI-Express power input.

Ironically, because the Radeon card requires only a single expansion slot, it’s better suited to smaller PCs than the GeForce GTX 9800+, even though the former requires a bit more power. Both of these cards will work in multicard configurations on supporting motherboards, thanks to SLI from Nvidia and Crossfire from ATI, but we don’t normally advocate doubling up on lower-end cards due to scaling issues. Not every game will distribute its workload evenly across two graphics cards, but with one card that’s not an issue. For the sake of stability (as well as simpler installation) you’re generally better off with a single $400 card then two $200 cards.

Each vendor also claims a handful of advanced features for its graphics technology in general; PhysX game physics support for Nvidia, and both Havoc Physics and DirectX 10.