Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256mb

Introduction, packaging, package and specification

Introduction
 
Gainward are one of Nvidia's most well respected Add In Board (AIB) manufacturers. With a long history of producing fast cards that overclock well, Gainward are a company who's hardware we always like to see in the lab.
 
Today we're taking a look at an 8600 GT with a twist. Gainward have placed an HDMI port on the back of this mid-low end card. This means that all those of you out there who are media-nuts and have HDMI equipped HD-TV's. Let's see how it all stacks up shall we?
 
Packaging
 
The packaging on the Gainward 8600GT PCX is the usual Gainward fare with a rendered lass on the front and the "Golden Sample Goes Like Hell" sticker added to show that this SKU is one of gainwards flagship cherry picked Golden Sample chips.
 
gainward 8600 gt box  box rear
 
Inside the box wraps the card up well as we have come to expect from Gainward.
 
inside box
 
The usual good stuff from Gainward here then, let's look at the bundle.
 
The Package
 
Here's what you get with the Gainward Bliss 8600 GT:
 
* Quick Install Manual
* Driver CD
* Cyberlink DVD Solution
* VGA to Composite converter
* Dual Molex to PCI-e 6PIN power converter.
 
bundle
 
The package that you get with the Gainward 8600 GT PCX isn't bad, but it isn't fantastic either. Software wise you get a full edition of Cyberlink DVD Solution, which is great and fits in with the media theme. Hardware wise you get a dual molex to PCI-e 6PIn power and a VGA to Composite lead.
 
Specification
 
Taken from Gainward's website:
 
Product Name: Bliss 8600GT 256MB GS-GLH HDMI DVI
Barcode: 471846200-8903
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
GPU Clockspeed: 625+
Memory: 256MB DDR3
Memory Clockspeed: 1800+
Pixels per clock (peak) : NA
Bandwidth: NA
Ramdac: 400MHz
Bus: PCI-Express
Cooling: 2-Slot Fan
Video-Features: Extreme HD-Output
Connectivity: DVI-I + VGA + HDMI
 
Key Features

» NVIDIA®unified architecture with Giga Thread™ technology
» Full Microsoft® DirectX10® Shedder Model 4.0 support
» NVIDIA® SLI™Ready
» HDMI interface
» 16x full screen anti aliasing
» True 128bit floating point high dynamic range (HDR) lightning
» NVIDIA® Quantum Effects™ physics processing technology
» Two Dual link DVI outputs support two 2560x1600 resolution displays
» NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Technology
» HDCP Capable » PCI Express® support
» OpenGL® support
» NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
» Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™

Beyond Above,

Based on the award winning GeForce® 8600 GPU from NVIDIA® BLISS 8600GT from Gainward offers features of GeForce® 8-series architecture to an amazing value. With its onboard 256MB High-Speed DD3 modules which powers this speed monster called BLISS 8600GT Golden Sample, offering enhanced leading-edge performance for Windows Vista allowing you to take full advantage of Windows Vista features such as the Vista Aero graphical 3D interface, for smooth gaming with the future DirectX 10 games with HDMI interface.
Gainwards BLISS 8600GT offer unparalleled graphics realism and performance, unsurpassed Blue ray and HD DVD movie picture quality with PureVideo™ HD Technology and full support for Windows Vista and DirectX10.Provides HDMI Interface (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) Functionality up to 1080p or UXGA 1600x1200.
The two – slot bracket cooling solution used on the BLISS 8500GT models offer a higher air flow compared to a one – slot bracket solution and is therefore allowing a healthier environment for higher performance. Dust and Static electricity reduces the lifetime reduces the lifetime of a graphics card; the fan cover is used as an Anti –Dust and Anti – Static protector prolonging the lifetime of the card. The 80mm fan (70mm for non Golden Sample version) spinning at 2400rpm iscooling both the GPU and the memories with a noise level at 33,5dB compared to 35,2dB from the 4800rpm used on the NV 8600GTS reference boards; which is almost half the audible level in comparison.
Gainward´s Award Winning EXPERTool Tuning Utility for customized performance enhancements and efficient desktop management.
 
A nice looking spec for the card, so how does it look?
 
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Most Recent Comments

21-01-2008, 12:47:26

FarFarAway
Worth a look at this HDMI-enabled card?

Read on...

21-01-2008, 13:11:28

ionicle
last page, "eprformance"

needs editing

otherwise, good review

21-01-2008, 14:14:48

FarFarAway
Ta, must have missed that

21-01-2008, 14:47:24

Bungral
Nice review Matt..

I could be wrong here but when you say the increase of the overall 3DMark 06 results when overclocked is 200... Is it not 1000 ish??

I may well be wrong as I just scanned that part.. Will read in detail a little later.

21-01-2008, 15:07:26

FarFarAway
6293 to 7272? Looks around 1000 points to me, did I not put 1000? Mebbe not...it was late and i was thinking 1000 ish

21-01-2008, 15:09:19

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
6293 to 7272? Looks around 1000 points to me, did I not put 1000? Mebbe not
Na think it said 200... Least I'm not going mad (er)

22-01-2008, 12:13:40

Rastalovich
Nice insight.

Certainly gets game spankage off the Ati alt card. Although the 3dmark scores are pretty much how I`d expect them to be.

Now they show this card sporting 3 possible outputs - can it manage that ?

1 BIG dissapointment for me, especially with it having HDMI as a standard connection, is no audio passthrough. MSI seem to have taken the corner of the market with this.

Hard to think the 8600 is about to become a `last generation` card.
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