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ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card - The Card

ZOTAC strap some water cooling to the 9800 GTX+ and bring the card under its ZONE naming scheme.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 5, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

The Card

 

Pulling the card out of the box, you have quite a handful thanks to a bit of tubing and a 120mm radiator and fan all connected to each other.

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

Looking straight on at the card, there isn't a whole lot to see thanks to ZOTAC putting a big plate across the front that incorporates itself into the heatsink. We can see there's a picture on the card along with the brand and the model.

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

If you take a peek underneath you can see a heatsink that covers some of the hotter components along with the block that has an integrated pump in it to help push the water around.

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

The radiator comes in at 120mm and has a 120mm fan attached to it. Running off the fan is a single molex connector that is needed for the fan to spin. You need to make sure you have room in your case to mount the radiator or you're going to quickly find yourself annoyed with the purchase.

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card

 

Looking around the card, we see the standard connectors that we're used to seeing on a 9800 GTX. Towards the back of the card, hidden underneath the heatsink you will find two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors while the front of the card has two SLI connectors in the event you want to run three of these cards.

 

On the I/O side of things we have the two standard Dual-Link DVI connectors and TV-Out port that we've become so accustomed to seeing.

 

Specifications

 

What's interesting is that ZOTAC have taken the time to water cool the card but they have decided to leave the core at the stock 738MHz while also leaving the memory at the stock 2200MHz.

 

Where the AMP! Edition of cards tend to be overclocked, the ZONE Edition are all about noise levels. With that said, it would have been nice to have seen the card overclocked and maybe it could have been called the ZAMP! Edition.

 

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