Today, we have with us 2 units of 9800GT from Gainward. First is the pre-overclocked 1024MB RAM Golden Sample version while the other is the plain 9800GT 512MB running at reference speed.
The Gainward Bliss 9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample looks exactly like the 9600GSO 768MB that I reviewed a few months ago. The usual Gainward custom look and feel.
The Gainward Bliss 9800GT 512MB on the other hand is built based on green PCB and a more simple and effective fan. While the fan heatsink on the 9800GT standard version worked well, it I didn’t like that it wasn’t covered, all the sharp edges around made it uncomfortable to handle.
The memory modules are covered by a plate to aid in heat dissipation.
Both cards come with the standard dual-DVI and 1x S-video output configuration.
Card Details & Bundle
Here’s a summarized detail of the card.
|Model||Bliss 9800GT 1024MB|
|Bliss 9800GT 512MB|
|GPU Code Name||G92||G92|
|Memory Clock||950Mhz (2Ghz DDR)||900Mhz (2Ghz DDR)|
As you can see, the Gainward Bliss 9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample is pre-overclocked, running 50Mhz faster than the 9800GT 512MB on core and memory clock, and of course faster shader clock.
The computer setup used for this review.
|Processor||Intel Coreâ„¢2 Duo E7200 @ 3.62Ghz|
|RAM||2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition|
|Cooler||Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink|
|Monitor||20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit|
|Driver Version||ForceWare Release 177 (Version: 177.79)|
Please take note that the MAXIMUM setting used in this review is unlike the MAXIMUM setting used in the earlier reviews of other cards, simply because the MAXIMUM details allowed in Windows Vista with DirectX 10 support, is higher than what is available on Windows XP. This applies to all the games used in the review, except for F.E.A.R.
Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample||71|
World In Conflict
Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample||23|
Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts
Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample||34.1|
Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946, 4xAA.
|Card||Snow (Average)||Cave (Average)|
|9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample||37.7||53.0|
Graphic Detail : Maximum (Very High) @ 1680×1050, 4xAA
|9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample||11.02|
From what I gathered, for Crysis to be playable at 1680×1050, change your settings to HIGH and disable Anti-Aliasing. 🙂
The GS card operates at around 43Â°C on idle and around 56Â°C on load while the non-GS version held it well at 45Â°C on idle and around 58Â°C on load. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25Â°C.
Despite the overclocked nature of the GS version, seems like the temperature is much lower, much thanks to Gainward’s custom heatsink design.
From my inspection, Bliss 9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample uses Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A while the Bliss 9800GT 512MB uses QImonda HYB18H512321BF-10 – both memory chips are rated 1.0ns, meaning they can perform at 1Ghz even by default.
The Bliss 9800GT 512MB retails at around RM499 while Bliss 9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample RM660.
What’s the advantage of the Golden Sample version over the standard version? It’s pre-overclocked, it has a better custom heatsink should you wish to overclock it further AND the additional RAM for some increase in performance.
I did a quick overclocking on the Bliss 9800GT 1024MB Golden Sample with their bundled ExperTool software and it did a 700Mhz Core and 1000Mhz Memory with 1750Mhz Shader easily without crashing the system. 🙂
Both are great cards for your consideration, but if you’re already having an 8800GT – forget about this card.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my disappointment over nVidia’s ridiculous naming convention. The 9800GT is basically a die-shrunked version of 8800GT, from 65nm to 55nm. And it comes with new features such as Hybrid Power.
But to call this version a 9800GT and yet run it at the same speed as 8800GT is damn ridiculous. Just because it’s on a shrunken die that doesn’t merit a GENERATION boost IMO. Even the 9800GTX was a joke, being a generation and a step higher compared to 8800GTS G92 but to only perform similarly. It should’ve been named 8800GT+, or even 8800GT2 but does not merit the 9800GT name.
Take a look 7600GT vs 8600GT – you see the 8600GT has performance boost.
And 8600GT vs 9600GT – performance boost too!
Here’s what other sites thought of the stupid nVidia naming convention.
Tweaktown : NVIDIA has just launched the new 9800 GT which is basically the old 8800 GT. So, they havenâ€™t really launched a new product, rather, a new name. The renaming of cards is becoming a bit of a pain in the ass, but really there isnâ€™t a whole lot we can do about it. The best thing we can do is help keep people educated so they donâ€™t upgrade from an 8800 GT to a 9800 GT or an 8800 GS to a 9600 GSO.
techpowerup : NVIDIAâ€™s new GeForce 9800 GT Series is not really new. The performance, specification and GPU are identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT. Only a few minor features like Purevideo HD and Hybrid Power are present.