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Conclusion

After its 1GB version of GeForce 8800 GT, Gainward has introduced a 1GB GeForce 8800 GTS as well. Does it make the Bliss 8800 GTS 1024MB any more competitive? Alas, we can’t answer this question in the affirmative.

We don’t find the new card much better than the ordinary GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. Except for a few tests like Call of Juarez and Call of Duty 4 in low resolutions, the performance gain (which varies from 8 to 14%) is only due to the factory overclocking. That’s not a new level of performance, of course.

Considering that the Gainward Bliss 8800 GTS 1024MB TV DD GS GLH not only belongs to the elite GS GLH series (Golden Sample, Goes Like Hell) but also uses fast and expensive 0.83ns memory, its retail price is incomparable with prices of standard versions of GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. You’ll have to shell out more for this product than for a Radeon HD 3870 X2, i.e. over $400-450. ATI’s solution is not free from drawbacks typical of multi-GPU systems, but it has a bigger potential and performs better than the Gainward card, especially at high resolutions, if has support on the driver side. In other words, purchasing a Gainward Bliss 8800 GTS 1024MB will only make sense if money is not a factor for you and you want to have the fastest G92-based solution available. Otherwise, the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is a more reasonable and economical choice.

On the other hand, price is the single serious drawback of the Gainward Bliss 8800 GTS 1024MB. It is indeed a superb product, one of the fastest single-chip G92-based cards available. It also features a very effective and noiseless cooler. This card may suit you fine if its price doesn’t concern you.

Highs:

  • The fastest Nvidia G92 based graphics card;
  • 1024MB of video memory onboard;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Excellent quality of anisotropic filtering;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding support;
  • Advanced HD-video post-processing;
  • Sound-over-HDMI support;
  • PCI Express 2.0 support;
  • No compatibility problems;
  • Quiet and highly efficient cooling system;
  • Decent accessories bundle.

Lows:

  • Small performance improvement compared with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB;
  • Not very high overclocking potential;
  • Outdated software for media content processing bundled with the card;
  • High price.
 
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