XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series

Introduction, packaging, package and specification


The 8600 GT proved to be a decent deal for those wanting a graphics card at a around £100 that had a little punch to it when we reviewed it last month. XFX have now decided to step up to the plate again and add some passive cooling.

We take it into our labs and see what it can do...


As with all XFX products the 8600 GT Fatal1ty is very well packaged and would stand out on the shelf of most retail stores. The Fatal1ty branding is present on the front and rear of the box and there is also a nifty little window for you to see what your buying too. As I said the Fatal1ty branding abounds on the packaging but alas, unfortunately so does Mr. Wendel's face. Still...maybe that's what sells nowadays (put the claws away - Ed)??

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

Quickly shedding the outer layer of packaging in search of something more palatable, we found the interior of the box to be well organised and pretty resistant to damage by careless couriers and poor posties.

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

All in all a good job by XFX with plenty of padding in the right places.


The package with the 8600 GT Fatal1ty is actually pretty sparse, even for a mid-range card. No sight of any software included with the card and certainly not a whole load of hardware. This is a pretty bare package so don't expect to have a box full of AAA titles to play on.


* XFX Driver Disc
* S-Video Connector guide
* Quick Install Guide
* DVI to VGA converter
* S-Video to S-Video cable

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

That's a bit of a shame really as it doesn't set the bundle aside from the competition.


Let's see how the card stacks up. There's not much info on XFX's website about the cards specs, but they are the same as the 8600GT we previously reviewed.

 Reference 8600 GT XFX "Fatal1ty" 8600 GT Reference 8600 GTS
Stream Processors 32 3232
Core Clock (MHz)
540 620 675
Shader Clock (MHz)
1130 13551450
Memory Clock (MHz) 700 8001000
Memory Amount 256mb GDDR3
256mb GDDR3256 GDDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 22.4 22.432
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 8.6 8.6 10.8

And the detailed specs:

* Clock rate
620 MHz

* Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600

* Highlighted Features
HDCP Ready , RoHS , TV Out , SLI ready , HDTV ready , Dual DVI Out

* Chipset
GeForce 8600 GTS

400 MHz

* Stream Processors

* Shader Clock
1355 MHz

* Memory Clock
1.6 GHz

* Memory
256 MB

* Bus Type

* Memory Type

* Memory Bus
128 bit

* Memory Interface
128 bit

* Memory Bandwidth
22.4 GB/sec

* Fill Rate


Now let's take a look at the card...
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Most Recent Comments

01-07-2007, 15:27:18

We had a scoot around the 8600 series in May, now it's the turn of XFX's impressive looking Fatal1ty Edition card

Have a look-seeQuote

01-07-2007, 15:37:24

Nice review Kemp. Impressed, it put up a nice fight.Quote

01-07-2007, 16:09:38

Excellent review as expected Kemp.

It`s a decent performer, and gives u the cooling benefits, if that`s the solution u`r after. @ ~ £111, I don`t think u can go that wrong tbh, cards in that bracket are only give or take a small sum.

The packaging does seem disappointing. Package clutter doesn`t cost the company anything at all, and promo stuff especially. Infact the XFX 7600GT 580m is packaged a whole lot better and is obviously an older card.

What impresses me most is the clocking of the Foxconn GTS card - but that detracts from the topic I guess >.<

If XFX are fishing for some impressive feedback, the backplane slot needs a bit of `tarting up`. Something as simple as XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty in a green raised stamping on their black background would not only promote the card visually, but further seperate it from the mainstream. From the back as it stands, it looks like a regular XFX -anything- card.

Another thing, people will be put off with the likes of the 3DMark scores - that`s a shame. It`s not enough to dismiss the card imo, when it performs obviously better in `the real world`.

(oh and correct the reference to an 8700 on page 4, I got overly excited when I saw that)Quote

01-07-2007, 16:10:18

Nice review!

The clocks on that thing seem to be huge compared to stock, I'm suprised it can pull it off as much as it does being passive.Quote

01-07-2007, 16:18:15

I know, it's a pretty good job

@Rast - the foxconn OC's more as it is a stock-clocked card. People generally would rather buy the fastest out there but the small enthusiast overclocking segment would (and should) buy the cheapest and OC that

Still a nice cooler like this one gives you a great reason to buy the cardQuote

01-07-2007, 16:24:50

Nice too see a product baring his name that isnt cack or really expensiveQuote

02-07-2007, 04:52:10

PP Mguire
Idk, the keyboard is nicely priced, and you can get the mouse for $20 on Ebay. Before i broke mine i thought it was an excelent mouse.

I would have to say though that i see a flaw on page 2 Kemp. The cooler looks like a modified version of the one i have and if thats true the memory is not cooled at all.Quote

02-07-2007, 05:07:31

Originally Posted by name='PP Mguire'
I would have to say though that i see a flaw on page 2 Kemp. The cooler looks like a modified version of the one i have and if thats true the memory is not cooled at all.
Well considering that we never see a 'heatsink off' image in the review, I don't know. But I'd like to speculate that the heatsink blades on either side of the Fatal1ty logo are there for cooling the memory.


Edit: Well yes it is actually cooled according to the image.Quote

02-07-2007, 07:26:48

Yep the memory is cooled, can you see any IC's bare in the pics?? No Quote

02-07-2007, 07:48:04

That`s a very simplistic hs when u see it like that.Quote

02-07-2007, 11:58:04

anyone happen to know how wide this card is as am looking it to put into a Lian Li PC-V600 Quote

02-07-2007, 16:22:57

Nice card all thought those 2 heatpipes that connect to nothing are useless, stupid engineers who know nothing of thermodynamics.

One thing I am not sure about is this.

The 8600GT has two Dual Link DVI ports for output as well as an S-Video out. It's at this point I will remind you that no HDTV connection is included, which is a shame. Having said that, the DVI ports are both HDCP enabled so you should be good to go if you want to connect to your HDCP enabled HDTV...if it has DVI-in.

If the card has HDCP, wouldn't a simple adapter cable allow it to be fully compatible with HDMI televisions?Quote

02-07-2007, 16:50:55

Yes, but it isn't included, which was my point Quote

02-07-2007, 17:20:27

Kempez could you take a few measurementsQuote

02-07-2007, 17:22:26

Originally Posted by name='Gibbs'
Kempez could you take a few measurements
Umm sure, which way? Has to be quick, tis going back 2mozQuote

02-07-2007, 18:47:04

from within the yelow markers please



02-07-2007, 18:54:20

Thats about 140mmQuote

03-07-2007, 05:25:40

thanks bud Quote

06-07-2007, 22:43:20

Until las night i was gonna go for the XFX 8600 GT XXX but after reading the review (normaly skip to conclusion magazine or ezine but not this one)

Its left me with a dilema now I will Watercool GPU(s) in the not too distant future, once i get my feet wet.Would it be worth Going SLi on this then liquid cool eventualy OC?

Since i've been reading the forums i am gettin more tempted (its taken me 10 years to put a multimeter on my PSU)

My current setup is 2 year old being on benifit its hard to keep up but OC'ing will help.Or would i be better off spending the same £ on One card? I Have more questions but i'll limit them Quote

07-07-2007, 05:38:49

As usual an awesome review MR Kemp!

And isn't that card very very pretty!Quote

07-07-2007, 14:05:13

PP Mguire

Edit: Well yes it is actually cooled according to the image.

Hah! Must be nice, considering i have a bigger one on my video card and my memory is not being cooled at all.Quote

07-07-2007, 16:40:45

Ye like I said, it's a pretty well designed cooler Quote

08-07-2007, 04:25:51

PP Mguire
Mine is to, cept i dont have memory coolers!! *Curses at XFX for beign so good yet so bad*Quote

09-07-2007, 09:55:13

I'm just going round in circles i've been trying to find the answers myself http://forum.overclock3d.net/showpost.php?p=152323&postcount=19

XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Potential for more oc'ing with liquid


XFX 8600 GTS XXX Massivly oc'd already.

I'd appreciate some input i'm lookin to spend £250 on 2xSLI or One card


09-07-2007, 10:15:38

For one thing: SLI isn't worth it, save your money and get a decent single card.

As for choice between the two - they're clocked the same, but if you're watercooling you may as well get the cheapestQuote

09-07-2007, 10:31:03

Ya for the price of 2 x 8600GT, I`d rather 1 x 8800 tbh.

But for a selfish reason, I`d like to see how the 2 x 8600 get on >.<Quote

09-07-2007, 10:31:53

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Ya for the price of 2 x 8600GT, I`d rather 1 x 8800 tbh.
Plus, you can always throw another one in if it gets to that point Quote

09-07-2007, 10:34:57

As others have said, SLI on mid-range cards is deffo not worth it. Just go for the best single card you can.

Only if you have an 8800GTX and a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, with absolutely nothing else to buy, should you consider SLI.Quote

09-07-2007, 15:41:25

Oki I Think ONE monster card will be the plan as MikeEnIke says always got scope to add another later.

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Ya for the price of 2 x 8600GT, I`d rather 1 x 8800xx tbh.

But for a selfish reason, I`d like to see how the 2 x 8600 get on >.<
I'd be interested too Tom's Hardware hasn't got 8600's on the list either

Cheers p33ps.

Time to hunt for 8800xx http://upload.overclock3d.net/get.php?id=3100&view=1Quote

23-07-2007, 22:11:57

PP Mguire
Ohh just to clarify and correct one thing, the Fatal1ty DOES have the modder friendly warranty.Quote

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