Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256mb
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:
Intel Core2Quad Q6600 @ 3.6GHz
Hitachi 7K160 HDD
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.
Again, Overclock3D has revised it's benchmark setup to really test the new DX10 GPU's, while still including some old favourites in there:
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.
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.
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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