NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+   (Source: PC Perspective)
So where are the stickers with Calvin peeing on ATI cards?

NVIDIA rolled out a new GPU-- rather quietly-- called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ that it intends to do battle with the Radeon HD 4850 from rival ATI. NVIDIA says that the 9800 GTX+ is based on the G92 9800 GTX GPU that has been on the market for a while now.

The 9800 GTX+ reference cards have a shader clock of 1836 MHz and a graphics clock of 738 MHz. The new GTX+ GPU supports PhysX on the GPU and supports CUDA-based applications as well. CUDA-based applications include Folding@Home and Badaboom video transcoding.

The GPU supports both 2-way and 3-way SLI -- just as the original 9800 GTX does. NVIDIA claims that when pitted against the Radeon HD 4850, the GTX+ is on average 22% faster than the 4850. NVIDIA’s reviewers guide for the 9800 GTX+ shows that the card can deliver 30 fps on Crysis at 1920 x 1280 resolution verses about 27 fps for the HD 4850. PhysX on the 9800 GTX+ is supported with driver version 177.39. NVIDIA also claims that the PhysX capability of the 9800 GTX+ gives a noticeable performance boost on 3DMark Vantage CPU test 2 to the tune of a 7.5 times gain.

Perhaps the best news for gamers looking for a video card that performs well, but doesn’t cost a fortune is that the 9800 GTX+ card will retail for $229. The old 9800 GTX drops to a price of only $199, making for a great performance for price bargain considering the card was over $300 a few weeks ago.

One more important note on the 9800 GTX+ GPU is that it is built using a 55nm refresh of the original G92 core in the 9800 GTX, which was built using 65nm process. Unconfirmed rumors point to a July 16 launch for the 9800 GTX+.

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