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Closer Look at Gainward Bliss 9800 GTX 512MB

Package and Accessories

This box may be familiar to you by our reviews of other products from Gainward, e.g. Bliss 9600 GT 512MB GS or Bliss 8800 GTS 1024MB GS GLH.

It is a standard-size box with a picture of a girl against a background of mountains. This design may not be eye-catching, yet it’s quite pleasing aesthetically.

Inside the main box there is a smaller one that contains the graphics card in a blister wrap. The remaining space is occupied by the accessories:

  • DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
  • Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter
  • Brief installation guide
  • CD disk with drivers and full users manual
  • DVD disk with Tomb Raider: Anniversary game

Not gorgeous accessories, we should confess. The only good thing about them is the copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary. There is no power adapter (2xMolex → 1x6-pin PCI Express) here although not all modern PSUs offer two cables for graphics cards.

The things you need to use the Bliss 9800 GTX 512MB in a multimedia system are also missing. We mean a DVI-I → HDMI adapter, an internal or external S/PDIF cable, and software for playing HD content. Of course, the Bliss 9800 GTX 512MB is a top-performance gaming card in the first place, yet the mentioned accessories would make it more appealing to the customer especially as this solution seems to be the flagship single-chip product from Gainward. The company might have followed its own example in the way of the Bliss 8800 GT 1024MB GS which came with every accessory you might ever need (excepting the outdated version of the CyberLink PowerDVD player).

The packaging is good overall, but we guess the design might be rejuvenated. Currently, all products from Gainward have the same picture on the box. It would be nice to have some variation here. Now it’s time to have a look at the graphics card proper. It is no different from Nvidia’s reference card, so everything we say about it refers to any other GeForce 9800 GTX until there appear versions of this card designed differently from the reference sample.

 
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