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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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Benchmarks

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

Test rig and software:

  • Abit IP35
  • E6750 @ 3,2 GHz (Xigmatek HDT-S1283)
  • 2*1 GB 800 MHz Cellshock
  • Xigmatek NRP-HC1201 power supply

  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32 bit)
  • Forceware 169.25 for 8800GT>S
  • Forceware 174.74 for the 9800GX

Being a top of the range card, there really appears to be no reason to run the tests at low resolutions. Already in the earlier G92-reviews we've seen that even the single GPU cards reach playable frame rates at the 1920x1200 resolution. With that said, though, the 3DMark06 and Vantage were ran using the standard settings and 1280x1024 resolution to provide compareable results.

3DMark06

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

Even though the 3DMark06 is already getting out dated, it's still a very common test and we still decided to run it to make it easier to compare the 9800GX2 to older cards. The 06 is very CPU-limited and the difference between the single cards and the 9800GX2 remains very small.

3DMark Vantage

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
 

With the recent launch of the 3DMark Vantage Futuremark entered the DirectX10 era. The new test requires Vista and DirectX10 capable graphic card and also better represents current generation of games. There are different presets in Vantage: Entry, Performance, High and Extreme, we ran the test using the Performance setting as it's also the one you'll find on the demo version of the program.

In Vantage the 9800GX2 really shines. The GPU score is almost double the one of 8800GTS, but the dual core CPU really seems to be keeping the overall score down here.

Company of Heroes

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
COH 1920x1200 DX10 4X High

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
COH 1920x1200 DX10 4X High

Company of Heroes test was also ran in DirectX10 mode with all the details set to their maximum. The average FPS appears to scale nicely with two GPUs, but the minimum FPS still remains low. During the testing the minimum FPS didn't really catch my eye, so it appears to be a flaw in the test rather than a real result.

In CoH the single cards are struggling to keep up a playable FPS with the highest settings, but again the 9800GX2 runs through the test smoothly.

Call of Duty 4

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
CoD4 1920x1200 max 4X DoF

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
CoD4 1920x1200 max 4X DoF

Call of Duty 4 is one of the few recent games that's still DirectX9 only. Despite this it still manages to look realistic and also fits well to testing purposes. Again the 8800GT is very close to the 8800GTS in performance, but the 9800GX2 is really in a league of its own. In Call of Duty there's an option for multiple GPUs in the graphics menu, which leads to expect that multi-GPU systems were really taken into consideration when making the game. That's just speculation, but CoD still seems to scale very nicely to multiple GPUs and the 9800GX2 almost doubles both the average and minimum FPS.

Assins's Creed

 

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
Assassin's Creed 1920x1200 max

Gainward Bliss 9800GX2
Assassin's Creed 1920x1200 max

Assassin's Creed was tested at 1920x1200 resolution with all the in-game graphical settings maxed out. The performance test was ran in the first map and despite multiple tests the 8800GT always came out winning the 8800GTS. Again the SLI works very nicely here and almost doubles the frames of the single G92.

As a conclusion of the performance tests it really appears that the 9800GX2 can run most current game at maximum settings on a 24" screen.




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