Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256mb

Call of Duty 4, F.E.A.R. and Bioshock

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full featureset. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions and is fast and furious, perfect for our test suite.
 
cod 4
 
Aiming for 1368 x 768 with 2 x AA, Call of Duty 4 gets a decent amount of FPS and is very playable.
 
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. This is a fairly old game but was a very testing one at the time of release and still looks fantastic, so we've kept it in.
 
F.E.A.R.
 
Again at 1368 x 768 with 2 x AA and 2 x FSAA, the gainward 8600 GT PCX produces excellent smooth FPS and is a pleasant experience to play with decent detail.
 
Bioshock

Bioshock is a game based on the Unreal Engine 3. It uses some DirectX10 features such as awesome water and smoke effects. The detail level in the game, combined with a frantic pace makes for an excellent benchmark.
 
Bioshock
 
The Unreal Engine 3 is also very playable at this resolution, although I was a little disappointed as the UE3 engine tends to be very scalable generally.
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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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