nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX
Published: 18th May 2007 | Source: XFX | Price: |XFX 8600GTS "XXX" Edition
XFX have again sent us one of their impressive XXX Edition cards to take a look at. With higher clocks and faster memory this card should be a good performer.
A reminder of how these card stack up:
|XFX "XXX" 8600 GTS ||Foxconn 8600 GTS||Reference 8600 GT||XFX 8600 GT|
| Core Clock (MHz) || 730||675||540||620|
| Shader Clock (MHz) ||1595||1450||1130||1355|
|Memory Clock (MHz)|| 1130||1000||700||800|
|Memory Amount|| 256 GDDR3||256 GDDR3|| 256mb GDDR3||256mb GDDR3|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||32||32||22.4||22.4|
|Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)||10.8||10.8||8.6||8.6|
XFX have again gone with the white box portraying their familiar branded Cyberdog on the front. This should stand out on the shelves, especially when coupled with the signature lime green as well.
The package with the 8600 GTS includes:
* Driver CD
* Molex to PCI-e 6 Pin power adapter
* DVI yo VGA adapter
* S-Video to S-Video Cable
* Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Full Game DVD
The card itself is actually pretty small and surprises you when you're used to dealing with the behemoth's that are the top-end of the GPU scale. The 8600 GTS is about the same length as a 6600 GT and is certainly a good size for every normal size PC case and would also do well in an HTPC.
Update - Feedback from XFX
"The Stability Board is designed to stop card flexing in transit, and as a result, GPUs popping from the PCB. This is of particular benefit to gamers in general and protects any flex on the board in transit. This is actually an added feature and a benefit to the consumer."
Fair enough - I'm confident this is a benefit to the consumer anyway.
Power is supplied from a 6-Pin PCI-e power connector situated in the normal place making it easy to route to.
|* Game Bundle|
* 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
As usual XFX have dressed the stock nVidia cooler up for their 8600 GTS XXX Edition but that's not all a bad thing. The plus point of this cooler is that it does keep the card very cool. Idle temperatures were recorded at 54°C and loading up to 74°C (ambient ~ 21.3°C).