Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256mb

Test setup

Test Setup
 
As you may be aware, Overclock3D has recently added to its benchmarking setup to make sure that we cover the increasing trend for Quad-core. With this in mind, our Test Setup is as follows:
 
 
Please note that we have set the overclock on the Q6600 to be able to keep our test setup fairly consistent as the speeds of CPU's increase in the near future. 
 
Benchmarks Used
 
Again, Overclock3D has revised it's benchmark setup to really test the new DX10 GPU's, while still including some old favourites in there:
 
games tested
 
Synthetic Benchmarks
 
Please note all Synthetic benchmarks were run at stock settings; just as the free ones would be, as well as 1920 x 1200, with 4 x AA added. All benchmarks are repeated three times for consistency.
 
FutureMark 3DMark03
FutureMark 3DMark05
FutureMark 3DMark06
 
Gaming Benchmarks
 
All gaming benchmarks are run through at a demanding stage of the game with no savepoints to affect FPS. These are manual run-though's approximating 3 minutes and all gaming benchmarks are run three times through the same points for consistency. We hope that this gives an accurate and interesting depiction of "real-life" gaming situations. Note the resolutions and AA each game was run at.
 
All gaming tests were performed in Windows Vista Ultimate, under DX10 if available.
 
Call of Duty 4 - 1368 x 768 2 x AA
Oblivion - 1368 x 768 2 x AA
F.E.A.R. - 1368 x 768 2 x AA
Bioshock - 1368 x 768 maxx settings in game
Unreal Tournament 3 - 1368 x 768 max settings in game
Company of Heroes - DirectX10 patch. 1368 x 768 
Crysis - 1368 x 768, all in-game settings set to "medium"
 
Again, all game run-through's are repeated three times for consistency and accuracy.
 
We hope that this represents a good band of games and benchmarks for people wanting a performance overview of gaming at this current time.
 
Note that for the review of this card I have set the target resolution to 1368 x 769. This is representing 720p, which would be an ideal resolution for most HDTV's.
 
Cards Tested
 
The Gainward Bliss looks like this when we see basic specs:
 
Gainward 8600 GT Bliss PCX. GPU: 625MHz. Memory: 900MHz (1600MHz). Stream processor clock: 1440MHz.
 
Unfortunately we do not have a huge choice of lower-end cards in the labs at the moment, so I am benchmarking the Gainward 8600 GT by getting the best looking settings I can at the chosen resolution. Synthetic benchmarks will be compared to the following card:
 
Powercolor HD3850. GPU: 720Mhz. Memory: 900MHz (1800MHz). Stream processor clock: 690Mhz.

Drivers used were the most up to date as of the time of posting.
 
Nvidia: 169.25 Forceware
ATI: ATI Catalyst 8.1
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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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