nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX
Synthetic Benchmarks - 3DMark
Benchmarking - 3DMark
I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench all of the cards. I used 3DMark 03, 05 and 06. All benches were performed at stock speeds for this section. I ran all benchmarks from the stock settings as well as 1680 x 1050 (2 x AA).3DMark 03
First we start with 3DMark03. This is a benchmark that relies heavily on DirectX 8 features. This will give an indication of how the card will run on games that rely on DX 8.
The cards did pretty well in 3DMark03, with the XFX coming out ahead of the other 8600's by some way. The 8600 GT accounted well for itself though.3DMark05
I ran 3DMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.
Again the XFX comes out very much on top of the 8600 cards. These cards still put out some nice scores in the synthetics though.
3DMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0. This benchmark is very taxing for the cards and also includes quite a harsh CPU benchmark. Seeing as this was run with the exact same CPU this was not an issue.
3DMark06 is the most testing of the benchmarks but I feel the cards did pretty well in them considering they are mid-range cards. Again the superiorly clocked XFX card kicks some arse here.
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