Power Efficient Gaming with GeForce 9800 GT Eco Cards

The Power Efficient Cards

The MSI N9800GT-MD1G

The MSI N9800GT-MD1G is a mishmash of blood red and tangy orange. The GPU core sits right smack in the middle of the PCB and on top of it sits a bright copper-ish orange custom cooler with fins sprouting out from the middle. Surrounding the GPU are eight 128MB GDDR3 Qimonda memory chips. The MSI N9800GT-MD1G comes with clock speeds of 550MHz at the core, 1375MHz at the shaders and 1800MHz DDR at the memory.

We've seen MSI used coolers of similar designs in the past, and while it is rather quiet, we must warn users to be wary of the cooling fins' sharp edges.

Take your pick. The MSI N9800GT-MD1G sports DVI, VGA and HDMI ports.

The Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Eco

The Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Eco is the polar opposite of the MSI card. Decked in somber black and silver, the Zotac card is the slimmer of the two, since it employs a single slot cooler as opposed to MSI's dual-slot one. We also noticed that the Zotac cooler was the noisier of the two. To end, the Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Eco comes with the same clock speeds as the MSI N9800GT-MD1G.

The Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Eco is a single slot card, and its cooler almost covers the entire card, with the fan slightly off-center.

The Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Eco only offers two DVI ports and a single 7-pin mini-DIN.

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