XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series
The Card - Close up
XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Edition
The first thing you notice with the XFX Fatal1ty 8600GT is the rather domineering heatpipe cooler strapped to the card. The 8600 GT is a rather small card and the heatsink really takes centre stage. You'll notice that the heatpipes and fins rise above the level of the card, but this shouldn't be a problem in a normal ATX case.
The Fatal1ty logo takes centre stage on the card and the overall effect certainly wouldn't be out of place at a LAN Party.
The rear of the card is the standard "XXX" Edition black PCB, not that that is a bad thing, black PCB's are the way to go in my opinion. The cooler wraps around the rear of the card with 4 heatpipes (2 connected) shedding the heat of the GPU and memory.
There is no external power connector on the card, which is normal for the power efficient 8600 GT. The card also has a retention mechanism on the top keeping the large cooler stable. XFX also added a plastic shield to the rear of the cooler's fins to shield from any short-outs from the metal fins and the PCB.
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.The Cooler
The cooler on the card is very effective. Silent and efficient the cooler kept the card at 52°C idle and 79°c load. Compare this with the stock cooler that runs at 50°C and 77°C load, and it's not too bad at all (ambient 22°C in both cases).
All in all XFX have done a great job putting together an attractive graphics card with a great cooling solution that makes no noise whatsoever.
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