Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb

Test Setup

How we tested

 

With the pure speed of cards out on the market at the moment I tend to focus on gameplay in my reviews. I will play each of the test suite games on as high settings as I could possibly play them at while maintaining a frame rate that is enjoyable to play at. If the quality of the gaming looks the same at different settings then I will choose the setting with the best FPS. This differs from game to game and person to person but I play a lot of games and have played with a lot of graphics cards so I hope that I can impart a decent opinion.

 

 

To offset this angle I also run a test suite of 3dMark03, 05 and 06. These will give you some numbers on what the cards perform like at stock speeds, for comparison. I also ran 3dMark06 after overclocking the cards - to see how much of an effect the overclocking will make. Overclocking was performed using the nVidia "Coolbits" reg hack as discussed here in the forums.


 

Test Setup


 

For this high-end card I am using an overclocked Core2Duo E6600 running at 3.33GHz. Hopefully this will rule out as much bottleneck caused by the processor as possible.

 

 

Intel Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.33GHz
Asus P5W Dh Deluxe
Mushkin HP2 PC6400 running at SPD (CAS 5) due to motherboard restrictions
HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
HDD: Gaming - 2 x 40gb Hitachi Deskstars in RAID 0
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
Power: PCP&C 510 SLi
Case: Lian Li PC75b Project <<|Black3D|>>
Custom Watercooling

 

For installation I have installed the card as usual with the normal PCI-E power dongle. Checked that the card is seated correctly and powered on. I am using a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP2 with all the latest patches.

 

For the X1950Pro/X1950Pro Crossfire I am using modified drivers provided by Asus on their retail CD, adopted from the ATI Catalyst 6.10's. The X1950XTX is using the Cat 6.10's.

 

For the 7950GX2 I am using nVidia's official Forceware drivers - 91.43. For the 7950GT I am using 93.71's.

 

For reference I am using some figures from previously reviewed cards that used the same setup. These are provided as a reference point only and not as a direct comparison.

 

Powercolor X1950XT-X. Clock Speed: 650. Memory speed: 1000 (2000)

 

Gainward 7950 GX2. Clock Speed: 2 x 500. Memory Speed 600 (1200)

 

Asus EAX1950PRO. Clock Speed: 580. Memory Speed 700 (1400)

 

Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT. Clock Speed 550. Memory Speed 700 (1400)


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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2006, 12:43:39

FarFarAway
We take a look at this silent card and see what we think. Link here

23-07-2006, 12:57:44

Raven
looks good but on page2 in an image it says cooling: fan(one slot)

http://www.overclock3d.net/image.php?id=2099

liked the overclocked chart with the nonoverclocked score, easier to get a good look

23-07-2006, 12:59:09

FarFarAway
Yeah it does doesn't it?

Ah well: it's from Gainwards website

23-07-2006, 13:03:46

NickS
Great review m8. Card is kinda... eh. I was thinkin bout getting one to replace the X800 128MB PCI-E in my spare rig, but after looking at benches my X800 rips it a new one :O.

23-07-2006, 13:09:53

FarFarAway
Well it's a low-end card so it's not going to be the very best..

23-07-2006, 13:17:41

Raven
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Ah well: it's from Gainwards website
Gainward should have done better than that, passive cooling sounds much better than one slot fan.

23-07-2006, 14:10:24

FragTek
Great review mate, cheers for that!

24-07-2006, 11:39:25

Hyper
Nice review mate, if I was to build a computer at the minute I would definatly be putting one of those in as they are great value for money and silent

24-07-2006, 12:40:26

limqareb
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS

24-07-2006, 12:41:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS
ey?
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