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XFX: why wait until mid July to buy a 738MHz card?

by Parm Mann on 23 June 2008, 11:19

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The announcement of NVIDIA's 9800 GTX+ raises a few interesting questions for existing 9800 GTX cards. We know they'll be dropping in price to around $199, but what about the overclocked derivatives that already boast higher clock speeds than the forthcoming 9800 GTX+?

Well, XFX believes it has found the optimum solution. It has announced that its XXX and BLACK EDITION 9800 GTX cards will be re-priced this week to be competitive with the forthcoming GTX+. The advantage is that consumers can get those suped-up speeds, at those same prices, today.

Taking a brief look at speeds, you'll find that XFX's current offerings have plenty of power. What they don't have, however, is the 55nm build of the GTX+.

  XFX 9800 GTX BLACK EDITION XFX 9800 GTX XXX NVIDIA 9800 GTX+
Core Clock 760MHz 740MHz 738MHz
Shader Clock 1900MHz 1850MHz 1836MHz
Memory Clock 2280MHz 2280MHz 2000MHz

Once XFX has "repositioned" the cards, they should retail at around $229 - matching NVIDIA's GTX+ launch price. That should, we hope, equate to about £150.

Another little detail from XFX, is that buying a re-priced BLACK EDITION will save us having to wait three weeks for the GTX+. We're not entirely sure how accurate that three week estimate is, but it could mean 9800 GTX+ cards will land on or around July 11th.



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We'll see how quickly retailers pass on the price cut I guess..
I'd rather wait until mid July than buy another XFX-branded card, worst customer service I've ever had.
BrianS
I'd rather wait until mid July than buy another XFX-branded card, worst customer service I've ever had.

Co's these day's tend to have shoddy customer service set ups. It's the same on the high street.