Thursday, March 26th 2009

Galaxy Intros Low-Power 9800 GT Graphics Cards

Galaxy made an addition to the increasing number of low-power GeForce 9800 GT graphics cards taking shape by several NVIDIA partners. The company introduced 512 MB and 1 GB variants. Specs-wise, the cards retain the GPU and memory configurations (112 SP, 256-bit memory interface), while cutting down on clock-speeds to 550/900 MHz (core/memory), from the reference speeds of 600/900 MHz.

The company uses the 55 nm G92 GPU (G92-283-B1), which has a smaller thermal footprint in comparison to its 65 nm variant. The result: cards that do not require auxillary power from the 6-pin PCI-E connector. The 1 GB variant comes with a full-coverage single-slot cooler, while the 512 MB one comes with a simpler radial cooler. Both cards are SLI capable. Display outputs provided on the card include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI.

Source: VR-Zone
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21 Comments on Galaxy Intros Low-Power 9800 GT Graphics Cards

#1
mdm-adph
Holy crap -- 8800GT's that don't require external power. That's actually pretty impressive.
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#2
SpatialAnomaly
If they can produce the same performance as the cards that need a 6pin power plug, then it's great. Can they?

Don't think so since they reduced the clocks. Seems like putting a throttle lock on a product, but calling it the same thing as the full-power version.
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#3
newtekie1
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50Mhz on the core will hardle be noticeable, and you will likely be able to overclock the cards right back to stock speeds.
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#4
nazaropeth
Next card that not required external power... That's isn't good for mainboard cause extra 70W comes over the PCB... External conector has another good point, it's giving chance to extra overclock by giving more power, when the card need that.
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#5
alexp999
Staff
You'll only be able to clock these back up on a PCI-E 2.0 mobo, due to the power constraints.
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#6
newtekie1
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by: alexp999
You'll only be able to clock these back up on a PCI-E 2.0 mobo, due to the power constraints.
I'm sure the 50MHz will be possible on 1.1 boards too, I think you will get better results on a 2.0 board, but taking them back to stock clocks shouldn't be an issue.
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#7
alexp999
Staff
Agree with that, I was thinking more on the proper overclock side, lol.
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#8
richardbel
by: mdm-adph
Holy crap -- 8800GT's that don't require external power. That's actually pretty impressive.
^ yeah i was actually thinking the same thing.. its very expensive really..
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newtekie1
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by: alexp999
Agree with that, I was thinking more on the proper overclock side, lol.
These definitely won't be great in the overclocking department, that is for sure, but there are alternatives if you want a good overclocker. These would be great in a HTPC though.
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
lowering the clocks is not what saved the power - lowering the core voltage is what saved the power.

You wont be clocking it back up very far without BIOS modding the voltage back up, and even then, you wont get far on a 1.1 board. you need to extra power of a 2.0 board, or the 6 pin power for that.
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#11
squallho1
Galaxy Representative
This part is not designed for overclock right? For overclocking we have some other nice SKUs... :)
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#12
Kursah
True, but it'd be sweet to get some slightly decent clocks off of such a card. Just seeing this is a good thing in this day and age, and it shows the performance that these companies can truly fit into the smaller pcb sizes of yore. I think it's probably cheaper and easier for the larger cards, but it's good to see still competent technology get attention to the point of this. Next up is 4870's and GTX260's on pcb's this size dammit! Well, I wish...

:toast:
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#13
Mussels
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by: squallho1
This part is not designed for overclock right? For overclocking we have some other nice SKUs... :)
It may not be designed for it, but that wont stop us from trying :)
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#14
u2konline
Interesting cards, a plus for not having to hook up anything to it.
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#15
Hayder_Master
cool but seems can't overclock much , but can the mobo handle 4 of this in SLI
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#16
Mussels
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by: hayder.master
cool but seems can't overclock much , but can the mobo handle 4 of this in SLI
with only one SLI bridge, its limited to 2 cards in SLI.

Pity, it woulda made a cheap, low power quad SLI solution.
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#17
newtekie1
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Or even a tri-sli option, I really wish manufacturers would start to release tri-sli capable 9800GTs and 9600GTs also.
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#18
Mussels
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by: newtekie1
Or even a tri-sli option, I really wish manufacturers would start to release tri-sli capable 9800GTs and 9600GTs also.
two bridges works for tri and quad SLI. one bridge only works for two cards.
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#19
Hayder_Master
by: Mussels
with only one SLI bridge, its limited to 2 cards in SLI.

Pity, it woulda made a cheap, low power quad SLI solution.
you right it is only have one bridge
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newtekie1
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by: Mussels
two bridges works for tri and quad SLI. one bridge only works for two cards.
I didn't think the two bridges allowed for Quad-SLi, only Tri. I thought the only way to get Quad-SLi was to buy two 9800GX2's or GTX295's.
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#21
Mussels
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by: newtekie1
I didn't think the two bridges allowed for Quad-SLi, only Tri. I thought the only way to get Quad-SLi was to buy two 9800GX2's or GTX295's.
im not sure if it works with quad on single GPU cards, but look at the SLI connector.

. as long as an empty bridge lines up between teh cards, you can connect em... whether or not it works on current NV drivers, i dont know.


edit: i had little pictchas. due to them not looking right, i edited em out./
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