The XFX GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB Black Edition is based completely off the reference NVIDIA design.
What differentiates this card from the rest of the GeForce 9800 GTX bunch are only the Black Edition sticker on the plastic shroud of the heatsink, and the XFX logo on the fan hub.
XFX GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB Black Edition: It’s using a full reference NVIDIA design.
With NVIDIA touting its new chipsets and graphics cards with tri-SLI capability, naturally the 9800 GTX will also be able to perform tri-SLI, with another two 9800 GTX cards.
NVIDIA SLI connectors for SLI and Tri-SLI capabilities.
The dual 6-pin PCI-E power connectors design was brought over from the GeForce 8800 GTX, since the G92-based GeForce 9800 GTX draws about the same, or less power than the previous-generation GeForce 8800 GTX.
The 9800 GTX retains the same power connectors used on the previous-generation GeForce 8800 GTX.
There were vents along the shroud for the GeForce 8800 GTX design, which allowed hot air from the graphics card to be recycled within the casing. Casings with poor ventilation were the most affected as heat built up within the expansion slots area. This was ‘fixed’ with the revised heatsink design on the GeForce 9800 GTX where almost all the hot air is ducted straight out through the back.
S-Video and a pair of dual-link DVI outputs. Heat from the card is all ducted out through the vents.
XFX really shows they live by their motto: play hard.
Impressive on all fronts: packaging, design and even the extras.
More information is revealed by using TechPowerUp’s GPU-Z tool.