Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256mb

The card - close up

The card - close up
The Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample "Goes Like Hell" Edition 256mb (catch your breath now) is a nice looking card with a rather attractive red heatsink and red PCB with black trimmings.
Something to note straight away is that this is a dual slot heatsink, which is a little surprising seeing as this card is aimed at media PC's and is designed with an HDMI output.
gainward 8600 gt card front  gainward 8600 gt rear
Certainly an unusual looking card, the small black aluminium heatsink sits below a mesh front. This card is certainly one for those who have a case window, it is very stylish.
8600 gt memory sink  8600 gt heatsink
As you can see, the heatsink is neatly covered by a black mesh. There are additional sinks for the memory and PWM's which is good to see as well.
 gainward 8600 gt power
Power comes from a single PCI-e 6PIN connecter in the usual place at the end of the cooler.
The standout feature of this card is the HDMI output available. Obviously the DVI and HDMI are equipped with HDCP as well, making this card an ideal compliment to a nice HDTV setup. Again we see that the card takes up a full two slots on the motherboard, which is a bit of a shame.
The Cooler
The cooler on the card is a pretty basic affair, but appears to do the job. Running at 48°C idle and 59°C load I expected it to be worse considering it's not the largest chunk of metal.
cooler fan  cooler warranty
The fan on the cooler runs very quiet even when ramped up so it is appropriate for a living room, although a passive cooler would obviously be a better choice. Of course, Gainward do make a passive 8600 GT as well.
cooelr off  cooler off
The cooler is very basic with a black painted aluminium affair but luckily the 8600 GT chip still manages to keep fairly cool.
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Most Recent Comments

21-01-2008, 12:47:26

Worth a look at this HDMI-enabled card?

Read on...Quote

21-01-2008, 13:11:28

last page, "eprformance"

needs editing

otherwise, good review Quote

21-01-2008, 14:14:48

Ta, must have missed that Quote

21-01-2008, 14:47:24

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.Quote

21-01-2008, 15:07:26

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

21-01-2008, 15:09:19

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)Quote

22-01-2008, 12:13:40

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.Quote

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