XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series
Published: 1st July 2007 | Source: XFX | Price: |Introduction
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)??
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
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|
| Core Clock (MHz) ||540||620||675|
| Shader Clock (MHz) ||1130||1355||1450|
|Memory Clock (MHz)||700||800||1000|
|Memory Amount|| 256mb GDDR3||256mb GDDR3||256 GDDR3|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||22.4||22.4||32 |
|Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)||8.6||8.6||10.8|
And the detailed specs:
Now let's take a look at the card...