With the massive heat spreader removed, we can see what the PCB and layout looks like on the GeForce 9800 GTX. Plenty of thermal paste was installed as you can tell!
Here, we can see the SLI connectors that will be used for SLI and Triple-SLI for those that want to add another one or two cards. Also take note of the LED indicator, which tells you if the power connectors are properly attached.
Just below the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors, you can see all the solid state capacitors that are used to make sure the card has just the right amount of power.
With the thermal paste cleared off the 675MHz G92 core, we can see what powers this beast. In case you don’t know, the core on the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is labeled G92-400-A2, which is different than the core on the GeForce 8800 GT series as they are labled G92-270-A2. The GeForce 9800 GX2 that we reviewed a couple weeks ago has a core labeled G92-450-A2. This core is G92-420-A2, which is yet another core! The GDDR3 memory IC’s on our card were Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ08, which are rated at 1200MHz, which means we should be able to overclock the memory as the reference clocks are 1100MHz.