NVIDIA GeForce 8600-Series Details Unveiled

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News <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 14/03/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DailyTech

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Finally we have some hard details on Nvidia's impending G86 and G84 GPU based cards. According to our source NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT graphics processors. NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600GTS and 8600GT are G84-based GPUs and target the mid-range markets. The lower-positioned G86-based GeForce 8500GT serves as the flagship low to mid-range graphics card.

The cards will fully support DX10 features such as pixel and vertex shader model 4.0, although NVIDIA has yet to reveal the amount of shaders or shader clocks. Further, the trio supports NVIDIA SLI and PureVideo technologies.

At the top of the mid-range lineup is the GeForce 8600GTS. The G84-based graphics core clocks in at 675 MHz. NVIDIA pairs the GeForce 8600GTS with 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1000 MHz. The memory interfaces with the GPU via a 128-bit bus. The GeForce 8600GTS does not integrate HDCP keys on the GPU. Add-in board partners will have to purchase separate EEPROMs with HDCP keys; however, all GeForce 8600GTS-based graphics cards feature support for HDCP.

NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600GT is not as performance oriented as the 8600GTS. The GeForce 8600GT GPU clocks in at a more conservative 540 MHz. The memory configuration has more flexibility, letting manufacturers decide between 256MB or 128MB of GDDR3 memory. NVIDIA specifies the memory clock at 700 MHz. The GeForce 8600GT shares the same 128-bit memory interface as the 8600GTS. HDCP support on GeForce 8600GT is optional.

NVIDIA has revealed very little information on the GeForce 8500GT besides support for GDDR3 and DDR2 memory. It supports dual dual-link DVI, VGA and TV outputs as well.

Nvidia is expected to release the cards some time next quarter ready to take on ATI's RV630 and RV610.

NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS

Nvidia 8600GTS

NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT

Nvidia 8400GT

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13-03-2007, 09:01:13

At home I listen to alot of music, I'm also into music production and use my pc for watching movies and gaming.

What would you recommend as a good all round speaker system including sound card? budget is tight tho set at £150 maximum. I currently run my sound through an external amp but im looking at cost saving on electricity :(

13-03-2007, 09:04:57

I would say that with sound cards you get to a point where the sound quality doesn't improve much at all as the price goes up, maybe the £60 mark? Instead you start getting more and more special features and fancy bits. I have little experience with sound cards but my X-Fi XtremeMusic was great for the price.

As for speakers I would say go for the best Logitech 5.1 setup you can afford after the sound card (maybe leave a few £ for some sound sensitive cold-cathodes ;))

13-03-2007, 09:08:57

I looked into this a while ago and came up with this

Not the best looking but has 5.1 surround sound with Dolby digital, DTS and Pro Logic and has Coax, Optical and RCA/phono connectors

Sound is pretty vibrant for a cheapo set of speakers and surround sound is immersive and certainly plenty loud enough for me.

Only thing I'd say is that the sub isn't stupid-loud...but plenty enough for a room full of bass :)

For the Sound card an X-fi Extreme Music or a HDA X-Mystique (the X-Mystique has decent outputs on it like Coax and Optical out)

13-03-2007, 11:35:10

If ur in to music on a budget, there is no better card for the money than the Bluegears b-Enspirer... See if u can't get ur mits on one of those puppies.
It uses the same chipset as the Auzen X-Meridian without the frills such as swappable OPAMPS and gold plated connectors.

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