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Gainward Bliss 9800GX2

Blazing fast PCIE GFX Card.
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 19.05.2008
Manufacturer: Gainward
Product Group: Display adapter
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Intro

Every now and then manufacturers come up with graphic cards featuring two separate GPUs. The last attempt by Nvidia on this sector was 7950 GX2 that indeed was the fastest graphic card on the markets for a while, but was soon overtaken by a single chipped 8800GTX. Some card manufacturers have also tried their wings on making graphic cards with multiple GPUs, but those attempts have never really hit the mainstream markets.

Now Nvidia has once again taken the pole position with their new card - 9800GX2. The 9800GX2 has two G92 GPUs working in SLI-mode and taking only a one PCI-e slot. This technique also ensures that the card doesn't require any special features from the motherboard. Now lets take a closer look at the card and how it performs!

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

The card comes in a box almost identical to the one seen in the Gainward Bliss 8800GT review. Indeed it's the same down to the 1024 MB sticker and speech. There are no images showing the actual card inside, but one may expect the buyer to know what he's getting when he's getting top of the range hardware. Even though the 9800GX2 is one of the largest graphic cards on the markets today, the box still seems to have room for three of these cards.

Bundle

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

Bundle of the Bliss 9800GX2 is very minimal and only contains a manual, a driver CD, Tomb Raider Anniversary game, a DVI-VGA adapter, a short cable for HDMI sound and an adapter for component-, composite- and s-video output. This adapter is a rather funny detail as there's no connector for it on the card. Such adapter cable comes bundled with pretty much every other graphic card so I guess it was just put in the box without giving it a second thought.

Surprisingly and unfortunately Gainward hasn't included a power adapter in the bundle. The card requires both 6- and 8-pin PCI-e power cables to work at all and any older power supplies don't really have that connector. For example an award winning Corsair HX620 has easily enough power to feed this card, but being over a year old it doesn't have the 8-pin power cable required.




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