Gainward Bliss 8800 Ultra

Game Benchmarks - CoD 2, F.E.A.R. and Oblivion

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow.

Let's see how the Ultra-fast 8800 Ultra fared here:

call of duty 2

Call of Duty 2 shows the Ultra pushing ahead followed by the second in line 8800 GTX. Remember though, that the HD 2900 XT is a lower priced card and is being used for comparison only.


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I used a fully patched version the game with the latest patch applied. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.

F.E.A.R. looks awesome on all of the cards tested so let's see what the scores are:

fear benchmark

Here the results are somewhat strange with the GTX getting higher FPS at minimum. This a bit of an anomoly and did not come across in the gameplay in any of the three runs per card.


Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. Settings used are below:

oblivion in-game

I enforced 4 x AA onto the game (via drivers) on all cards, leaving HDR on as an option in-game.

oblivion benchmark

The HD 2900 XT stands up very well in the Oblivion benchmark, but the higher priced 8800 Ultra beats the GTX and the 2900 XT hands down here.

Overall gaming was the very best single-card gaming experience with smooth frame rates at Ultra-High resolutions.
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Most Recent Comments

18-07-2007, 07:17:22


The fan on the 8800 Ultra is of a similar ilk page 2, last paragraph.Quote

18-07-2007, 07:20:05

No that's not a typo

look it up Quote

18-07-2007, 07:20:23

Mr. Smith
Nice write up.

I thought the Ultra's had a tonne of OC headroom... Evidently not.

Not free game with a £400 card? C'mon.

Looking at the OC results, budget or not, get a GTX and OC it - nothing that hasn't been said before. With the money saved get a better CPU or more RAM.

I want a GTX...

Edit: LOL - I think ilk is a very English word Quote

18-07-2007, 07:21:12

I found the Ultra got better scores than the GTX across the board - mainly due to those stream processors mefinksQuote

18-07-2007, 07:22:43

Well sorry Kemp :P

It's almost 4:30 AM here, gonna read it later.



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