When NVIDIA released their new flagship card, the GeForce 9800 GX2, each and every one of its partners rushed to offer their own integration of the new GPU. One of those manufacturers is PNY, which is also known for manufacturing memory modules and various USB flash drives. The company has announced back in April 2008 the availability of their GeForce 9800GX2 Graphic card, a hardware component that was to become the new flagship of the XLR8 series.
The models from PNY's XLR8 series are specifically designed for high-performance. Gaming is one of those activities that need the best components in order to help users fully benefit from the experience these very powerful entertainment applications can create. And the power of the new 9800 GX2 is designed to increase the performance levels achieved with the earlier 8800 Ultra by up to 50%. And if any of you own a 8800 Ultra, you already know that the new PNY product packs some serious graphic power.
The main feature of the 9800 GX2 is that is provides the user with two high-performance graphic processors built on two separate PCBs. This approach is different from ATI's 3870X2, as the ATI model uses two GPUs on a single PCB. The same technology has been used by NVIDIA with their GeForce 7950 GX2, but this time around they've brought about a powerful new architecture. This allows the user to benefit from up to 1 GB of graphic memory running on a 512-bit interface, with 256-bit per each GPU. The number of stream processors has also doubled and the Texture Fill Rate reaches a whooping 76.8 billion/sec.
The card is specifically designed for high-performance gaming and offers support for Microsoft's API DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1. It also provides support for SLI multi-graphics configuration, thus allowing users to further enhance their gaming rig's graphic power. With a price tag that starts at $600, the card is quite restrictive and will probably be a choice only for those extreme users out there.