nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX

The Cards cont - Foxconn 8600 GTS

Foxconn 8600 GTS

Foxconn are a huge supplier of motherboards to both OEM's and system builders and when they stepped into the GPU world it sent a few ripples through nVidia's other AIB's. They are targeting their cards at the enthusiast with some pretty modern art coloured designs which personally I find pretty funky.

Our table again:

 XFX "XXX" 8600 GTS
Foxconn 8600 GTSReference 8600 GT XFX 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

Package

As mentioned above the packaging Foxconn have used for the 8600 GTS is pretty damn funky. Bright colours and comic luna landscapes appeal to my "inner child" making it a kind of good fun box to look at on the shelves.

foxconn 8600 gts foxconn 8600 gts

Foxconn have added a whole load of writing on the back, which I feel makes it look a little cluttered - although information on a box is always a good thing.

foxconn 8600 gts in box

The packaging is compartmentalised like many other cards we've seen which is highly effective at keeping the card safe and sound.

Package

Foxconn have added quite a lot into the package for this card. Included is:

* Restore IT 7.0 CD
* Virtual Drive Pro 10.0 CD
* Driver CD
* FOXCONN proprietary “Foxware Overclock Utility”
* Manual
* S-Video to component out
* Dual Molex to PCI-e 6 Pin power adapter
* DVI to VGA adapter


foxconn 8600 gts package

The package is a little strange with no games or benchmarking tools included, but the added software is a nice touch. Remember this card is retailing at around £130 and so Foxconn are placing the bundle accordingly. All in all not bad at all.

The card itself

Again Foxconn have gone with nVidia's stock solution on the card which again isn't a very bad decision. The card is colourful and pretty exciting to look at with a weird and wonderful pattern.

foxconn 8600 gts foxconn 8600 gts side view

foxconn 8600 gts rear

Again Foxconn use nearly all solid state capacitors on the card with a green PCB and top-quality components throughout. This is keeping up with their excellent reputation of making solid performing motherboards so they know what they're doing. Again I wish more manufacturers would stay away from green PCB's, but then I am always a fan of black.

foxconn 8600 gts card power

Again the same as the XFX card the power is at the end of the card. Notice the good quality caps again.

foxconn 8800 gts dvi ports

Again utilising the features of the 8600 GTS core Foxconn have gone for dual Dual Link DVI with HDCP. Nice to see mid-range cards getting the features they should do.

Specifications

Let's take a look at what Foxconn boasts of it's card:

* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS

* Core: G84

* CoreClock: 675MHz

* RAMDACs: 400MHz

* Memory Type: GDDR3

* Memory Size: 256MB

* Memory Clock: 2000MHz

* Shader units: 32 (added MK)

* Memory Interface: 128-bit

* Graphics Bus Technology: PCI Express x16

* Cooler: Fansink

* Connectors: Dual Dual-Link DVI + HDTV-Out

* Special Features: NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Support

* NVIDIA® SLI™ Support

* Dual Dual-Link DVI Support

* HDTV Out Support

* Windows Vista™ Support

Following nVidia's spec with this card, Foxconn are soon to be releasing an overclocked card too, but we haven't got our hands on one of those.

The Cooler

Again Foxconn have gone with the stock nVidia cooler and again I say this is a decent solution, not amazing but pretty smart. As this card wasn't clocked as high as the XFX card it was slightly cooler with 50°C idle and 72°C load (ambient again ~ 21.3°C). Basically the cooler does it's job and you can't argue a huge amount.

foxconn 8800gts cooler

Fan noise really ramps up at load but idles fine - it's a bit of an annoying noise too so silent PC fans may want to budget for an Arctic Cooling S2 or something similar.

Now XFX again...this time in 8600 GT flavour.
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Most Recent Comments

18-05-2007, 07:44:42

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

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18-05-2007, 07:52:23

FragTek
Nice roundup Kemp, good show.

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18-05-2007, 08:00:17

ionicle
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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