XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series

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 a card will run on games that rely on DX 8.

3dmark03 testing

3DMark03 sees the 8600 GT Fatal1ty once again gain a nice lead on the 8600 GT "XXX" Edition.


I ran 3DMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.

3dmark05 testing

Again a marginal lead by the 8600 GT Fatal1ty Edition on the "XXX" Edition card.


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 testing

Again I can only put the extra lead of the fatal1ty card on the "XXX" Edition card down to the different motherboards used in the reviews, or perhaps XFX have done a little tinkering under the hood of the 8600 GT, despite the Core, Memory and Shader clocks being the same.
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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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