The 9800 GTX+ is described by Nvidia as an enthusiast category graphics product that will be offered at a lower price of $229 next month.
AMD's new HD 4850 and 4870 graphics chips will start at just less than $200 and range up to about $300, making the 9800 GTX+ a direct competitor.
Specifications for the 9800 GTX+ include a core clock speed of 738MHz, a shader clock running at 1836MHz, and 512MB GDDR3 memory rated at 1100MHz. The prior-generation 9800 GTX model (65nm) had a core clock speed of 675MHz a shader clock speed of 1690MHz and a memory clock of 1000MHz.
Compared to Nvidia's GTX 260 and 280 graphics processors, the GeForce 8800 GTX+ offers support for Physics and CUDA, Nvidia's C language programming environment. CUDA technology allows programmers to offload the most intensive processing tasks from the CPU to the Nvidia GPUs.