Gainward Bliss 7900 GTX SLI

The Card

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: there is no reason for nVidia’s AIB’s to change the cooling on the 7900GTX card. The reference cooler is excellent. I was very happy, then, when I saw that Gainward had decided to stick with the gorgeous, quiet heatpipe cooler that I have seen on the rest of the 7900GTX’s.

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As you can see the cards draw the air in over these fins
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And the heatpipes take the heat away
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Not forgetting the contact of course
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And of course blown out of the back of the case here. We also notice the Dual DVI (as there should be on a top-end card like this) as well as the s-video out that covers pretty much any other connecter you could possibly wish for.

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Quick features

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nVidia Specification

NVIDIA® GeForce® 7 Series Specifications

NVIDIA® CineFX® 4.0 Shading Architecture


* Vertex Shaders
o Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Vertex Shader 3.0
o Displacement mapping
o Geometry instancing
o Infinite length vertex programs
* Pixel Shaders
o Support for DirectX 9.0 Pixel Shader 3.0
o Full pixel branching support
o Support for Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
o Infinite length pixel programs
* Next-Generation Texture Engine
o Accelerated texture access
o Up to 16 textures per rendering pass
o Support for 16-bit floating point format and 32-bit floating point format
o Support for non-power of two textures
o Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
o DirectX and S3TC texture compression
* Full 128-bit studio-quality floating point precision through the entire rendering pipeline with native hardware support for 32bpp, 64bpp, and 128bpp rendering modes

64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending

* Delivers true high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting support
* Full floating point support throughout entire pipeline
* Floating point filtering improves the quality of images in motion
* Floating point texturing drives new levels of clarity and image detail
* Floating point frame buffer blending gives detail to special effects like motion blur and explosions


NVIDIA® IntellisampleTM 4.0 Technology

* Advanced 16x anisotropic filtering (with up to 128 taps)
* Blistering-fast antialiasing and compression performance
* Gamma-adjusted rotated-grid antialiasing removes jagged edges for incredible image quality
* Transparent multisampling and transparent supersampling modes boost antialiasing quality to new levels
* Support for normal map compression
* Support for advanced lossless compression algorithms for color, texture, and z-data at even higher resolutions and frame rates
* Fast z-clear


NVIDIA® UltraShadowTM II Technology

* Designed to enhance the performance of shadow-intensive games


NVIDIA® SLITM Technology1

* Patented hardware and software technology allows two GeForce-based graphics cards to run in parallel to scale performance and enhance image quality on today’s top titles.
* Quad SLI technology enabled through select System Builders delivers SLI support for four GPUs, providing mind-blowing performance and image quality at extreme resolutions. SLI support for the GeForce 7950 GX2 will be provided through a future NVIDIA ForceWare driver release. See for details


NVIDIA® PureVideoTM Technology

* Dedicated on-chip video processor
* High-definition H.264, MPEG2 and WMV9 decode acceleration
* Advanced spatial-temporal de-interlacing
* Inverse telecine (2:2 and 3:2 pull-down correction)
* High-quality video scaling
* Video color correction
* Microsoft® Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) supports multiple video windows with full video quality and features in each window


NVIDIA® TurboCacheTM Technology2

* Combines the capacity and bandwidth of dedicated video memory with dynamically allocated system memory to dramatically turbocharge performance


Built for Microsoft® Windows VistaTM

* Third-generation GPU architecture built for Windows Vista
* Delivers best possible experience when running Windows Vista 3D graphical user interface
* New OS supported by renowned NVIDIA® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) for maximum stability and reliability
* NVIDIA® PureVideoTM technology delivers high-quality VMR pipeline for best-in-class video for Windows Vista


Advanced Display Functionality

* Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs for analog display resolutions up to and including 2048×1536 at 85Hz
* Dual-link DVI capability to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution digital flat panel displays up to 2560×16001
* Integrated HDTV encoder provides analog TV-output (Component/Composite/S-Video) up to 1080i resolution
* Full NVIDIA® nView® multi-display technology capability


High Speed Interfaces

* Designed for PCI Express x16
* Designed for high-speed GDDR3 memory1


NVIDIA® Digital Vibrance Control® (DVC) 3.0 Technology

* DVC color controls
* DVC image sharpening controls

Operating Systems

* Windows XP/Windows XP 64
* Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
* Windows 2000
* Linux
* Macintosh OS X

API Support

* Complete DirectX support, including the latest version of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
* Full OpenGL support, including OpenGL 2.0

1 Feature available on select GeForce 7 Series GPUs only.
2 Feature available on GeForce 7300 GS and LE GPUs only.


Gainward do a very decent bindle with their higher-end cards and I really do like their “Free to choose” included software title.

In the box:

Quick Start Guide
Driver CD
Expertool overclocking facility
User Manual (PDF on CD)Gainward Muvee auto producer Personal video application
Power DVD 5 Premier
Gainward “Free to Choose” Game voucher x 1 game
Gainward “Muvee” multimedia program
2 x DVI-VGA Adaptors
1 x Dual Molex to PCI-E Power Connector
1 x Video out connector with s-video, composite and component video out

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With the price of top-end cards I think an AAA title would be nice in the bundle, but at least Gainward don’t force one old game on their customers with a decent choice of games in “Free to Choose”.

The Cooler

I cannot be more full of praise for the cooler on the Gainward 7900GTX card. This cooler is quiet and keeps the card incredible cool even when heavily overclocked. I have never seen this go over 65°C even under heavy load, overclocked and in SLI configuration so I cannot give anything but praise for the cards cooling. If you want a very powerful card with an incredibly efficient, quiet cooler that performs very well even in SLI mode then look no further.

In place:

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