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 sees the 8600 GT Fatal1ty once again gain a nice lead on the 8600 GT "XXX" Edition.3DMark05
I ran 3DMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.
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.
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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