Gainward Bliss 9800 GTX PCX 512MB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by geoffrey @ 2008-04-06

In this review we take a closer look at the latest product from Gainward, based on the recently released 9800 GTX we compare the BLISS´ performance in several games, and find out how cool and quiet this new high end video card is. Read on to learn more.

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Test setup & Benchmark methodology

Test setup

Geoffreys' Test Setup
Madshrimps (c)
CPUIntel E6600 @ 3,6GHz
CoolingZalman 9700 LED
MainboardASUS P5E
Memory2x1Gb TEAMGROUP Xtreem 800MHz 4-4-4-10-35-4-10-10-10-2T
  • Gainward Bliss 9800GTX PCX
  • Sparkle 8800GTS 512MB
  • Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GT ZL 512MB
  • HIS HD3870 512MB IceQ3 Turbo
  • Sparkle 8800GTS 320MB
  • Galaxy 9600GT 512MB OverClocked Xtreme Tuner
  • Other
  • FSP Epsilon 900 PSU
  • Maxtor 80Gb PATA HDD
  • Seagate 200GB SATA HDD
  • Antec Nine Hundred housing
  • 20" Dell UltraSharp 2007FP TFT monitor

  • The Intel E6600 was being overclocked to 3,6GHz by changing the FSB from 266MHz to 400MHz and by keeping the multiplier at default (9). This way the CPU would score more or less on par with the highest clocked Wolfdale CPU's.
  • Teamgroup's pair of 1Gb DDR2 sticks were clocked to default settings via the Intel X38 chipset.
  • ForceWare 169.21 drivers for GeForce 8800GTS 320MB video card
  • ForceWare 174.12 drivers for GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9600GT video cards
  • ForceWare 174.40 drivers for GeForce 9800GTX video card
  • Catalyst 8.2
  • While Windows Vista is now officially launched, we decided to test with a mature Windows OS (XP SP2).

    Benchmark methodology

    The game benchmarks were completed with the Gainward 9800GTX, Sparkle GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB and Sparkle 8800GTS 512MB at stock speeds, while we clocked the HIS HD3870 512MB IceQ3 Turbo, Galaxy 9600GT 512MB OverClocked Xtreme Tuner and the Leadtek PX8800GT ZL 512MB down to NVIDIA's reference levels.

    All tests were done with a 20” LCD monitor with a maximum resolution of 1600*1200, where 4xAA and 16xAF offered the best in-game graphics we found that AA disabled didn't decrease the eye-candy that much while the frame rate now actually become more acceptable. The in-game settings were always maxed out, we also made sure we were using the full games with the latest patches applied in order get the best up-to-date performance and graphics.

    With our following performance charts you will be informed at all time at what IQ settings were being used. FRAPS was used to measure the FPS during repeated manual run-troughs of a certain part of the games tested, the minimum, maximum and average values were recorded.

  • Colin McRae DIRT
  • Crysis
  • The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Bioshock
  • Futuremark 3DMark Series
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