nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX



The 8600 GTS do fill a market that needs to be filled right now. People want to be future-proofed with DirectX 10 cards but they want to pay a reasonable price for them.

Having said that it's hard to ignore the fact that if you pay a little more you get an 8800 GTS 320mb. Now at the minute the figures are all adjusting themselves and I think that the 8600 series will fall a little in price. However, right now it's hard to say "Yes go and buy an 8600".

However, these cards do offer an entry into DirectX 10 at a decent price point. The XFX 8600 GTS "XXX" edition card comes in at around £150 and the 8600 GT "XXX" Edition at around £105 - very reasonable. At present I could not find a Foxconn card for sale in the UK but I will be in contact with Foxconn and find a UK retailer for you. Currently Foxconn have quoted me around £130 for their 8600 GTS - well worth it.


XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GTS:

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XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GT

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Scores & Awards

XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GTS

Recommended Award


+ Best Performing 8600 card
+ Decent Bundled Game
+ Fast stream processors
+ Factory Overclocked like mad


- Expensive
- Hardware bundle lacking somewhat
- Lack of overclocking

Foxconn 8600 GTS

Recommended Award


+ Excellent Price-point
+ Decent performance
+ Excellent overclocking
+ Good bundle


- Beaten by the XFX XXX Edition
- Not everybody's taste in colours
- Lack of availability

XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GT

Gamers Choice Award Value For $$ Award


+ Great performer for the money
+ Sweet looking card
+ Almost up with a stock GTS in performance
+ Overclocks well


- Poor bundle
- Whiney cooler

Slightly controversial perhaps giving the slowest card in the tests the "Gamers choice" but I feel that at around £100 the XFX 8600 GT "XXX" Edition is the best "bang for buck" in our tests and sits perfectly at a price point that people will feel comfortable going for.

Thanks to XFX and Foxconn for the review samples

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Most Recent Comments

18-05-2007, 07:44:42

We take a hard look at the performance of the new 8600 cards. Two from XFX and one from Foxconn.

Have a readQuote

18-05-2007, 07:52:23

Nice roundup Kemp, good show.


18-05-2007, 08:00:17

looks cool, i just wish XFX had done the same with the GTS as the GT, the black PCB does look damn niceQuote

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