nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX
The Cards - XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition
XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition
Now onto the 8600 GTS's little brother, the 8600 GT. With lower clockspeeds, lower clocked shaders and less memory bandwidth this is only a slightly slower GTS. To complete the picture:
| ||XFX "XXX" 8600 GTS || Foxconn 8600 GTS||Reference 8600 GT ||XFX "XXX" 8600 GT |
| Stream Processors|| 32|| 32|| 32|| 32|
| Core Clock (MHz) || 730|| 675|| 540|| 620 |
| Shader Clock (MHz) || 1595|| 1450|| 1180|| 1355|
| Memory Clock (MHz)|| 1130|| 1000|| 700|| 800|
| Memory Amount|| 256 GDDR3|| 256 GDDR3|| 256mb GDDR3|| 256mb GDDR3|
| Memory Interface|| 128-bit|| 128-bit|| 128-bit|| 128-bit|
| Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)|| 32|| 32|| 22.4|| 22.4|
| Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)|| 10.8|| 10.8|| 8.6|| 8.6|
The packaging on the XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GT is almost identical to the GTS card. With the cartoon cyber-dog on the front and some nVidia information on the back. I didn't mention it in the 8600 GTS close look but the box is actually pretty compact, although still well protected.
The box is bound to stand out on retail shelves, as mentioned previously.
Again the XFX 8600 GT is protected by a clear plastic layer so you shouldn't have any problems at all with couriers unless they run over it (don't laugh - that happened to someone I know - Ed). A different approach to Foxconn but a pretty decent job of protecting the card.Package
The package with the XFX 8600 GT is:
* Driver CD
* Installation Manual
* S-Video to S-Video Cable
* DVI to VGA converter
I have to admit I was rather disappointed with the bundle here seeing as it's XFX's flagship "XXX" Edition, even if it is only the 8600 GT. Hardware-wise again XFX are missing anything to connect up the card to an HDTV, which would have been a big bonus and is something Foxconn have obviously thought of already.The card itself
This is more like an XFX card! With the black PCB and the green DVI ports this is a nice looking card. It's also a pretty tiny card even compared to the 8600 GTS.
Again the dogtags adorn the cooler and again XFX have gone for the stock nVidia-designed cooler on the 8600 GT. This card again uses mostly solid state capacitors and this time has no PCI-e power dongle.
The black PCB on the XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition gives the card a real air of something special which is why I was so confused when their 8600 GTS had a green PCB.
Again the 8600 GT features dual Dual Link DVI ports supporting two lots of up to 2560x1600 with HDCP. Notice the lime green colour on the DVI ports, excellent.Specifications
|* Clock rate|
* Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600
* Highlighted Features
HDCP Ready , RoHS , TV Out , SLI ready , HDTV ready , Dual DVI Out
GeForce 8600 GTS
* Stream Processors
* Shader Clock
* Memory Clock
* Bus Type
* Memory Type
* Memory Bus
* Memory Interface
* Memory Bandwidth
* Fill Rate
The little 8600 GT XXX Edition doesn't do too bad at all.The Cooler
Again XFX uses the stock nVidia cooler and again it's not a bad looking little thing.
The fan is about the same loudness as the GTS cooler and again doesn't spin up too much so it's not too bad. Temperatures were idle 50°C and load 77°C. Strange that a lower clocked core would get hotter, but then the cooler is a bit smaller so it does make sense.
Now onto some benchmarks
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