nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX

The Cards - XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition

XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition

Now onto the 8600 GTS's little brother, the 8600 GT. With lower clockspeeds, lower clocked shaders and less memory bandwidth this is only a slightly slower GTS. To complete the picture:

 XFX "XXX" 8600 GTS
Foxconn 8600 GTSReference 8600 GT XFX "XXX" 8600 GT
Stream Processors 32 32 32 32
Core Clock (MHz) 730
675 540 620
Shader Clock (MHz)
1595 1450 1180 1355
Memory Clock (MHz) 1130
1000 700 800
Memory Amount 256 GDDR3
256 GDDR3 256mb GDDR3
256mb GDDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 32 32 22.4 22.4
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 10.8 10.8 8.6 8.6


The packaging on the XFX "XXX" Edition 8600 GT is almost identical to the GTS card. With the cartoon cyber-dog on the front and some nVidia information on the back. I didn't mention it in the 8600 GTS close look but the box is actually pretty compact, although still well protected.

xfx 8600 gt box top xfx 8600 gt box rear

The box is bound to stand out on retail shelves, as mentioned previously.

xfx 8600 gt card protected

Again the XFX 8600 GT is protected by a clear plastic layer so you shouldn't have any problems at all with couriers unless they run over it (don't laugh - that happened to someone I know - Ed). A different approach to Foxconn but a pretty decent job of protecting the card.


The package with the XFX 8600 GT is:

* Driver CD
* Installation Manual
* S-Video to S-Video Cable
* DVI to VGA converter

And...that's it.

xfx 8600 gt package

I have to admit I was rather disappointed with the bundle here seeing as it's XFX's flagship "XXX" Edition, even if it is only the 8600 GT. Hardware-wise again XFX are missing anything to connect up the card to an HDTV, which would have been a big bonus and is something Foxconn have obviously thought of already.

The card itself

This is more like an XFX card! With the black PCB and the green DVI ports this is a nice looking card. It's also a pretty tiny card even compared to the 8600 GTS.

xfx 8600 gt xxx edition front xfx 8600 gt xxx edition rear card

Again the dogtags adorn the cooler and again XFX have gone for the stock nVidia-designed cooler on the 8600 GT. This card again uses mostly solid state capacitors and this time has no PCI-e power dongle.

xfx 8600 gt caps

The black PCB on the XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition gives the card a real air of something special which is why I was so confused when their 8600 GTS had a green PCB.

xfx 8600 gt dvi ports

Again the 8600 GT features dual Dual Link DVI ports supporting two lots of up to 2560x1600 with HDCP. Notice the lime green colour on the DVI ports, excellent.


* 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

The little 8600 GT XXX Edition doesn't do too bad at all.

The Cooler

Again XFX uses the stock nVidia cooler and again it's not a bad looking little thing.

xfx 8600 gt xxx edition cooler

The fan is about the same loudness as the GTS cooler and again doesn't spin up too much so it's not too bad. Temperatures were idle 50°C and load 77°C. Strange that a lower clocked core would get hotter, but then the cooler is a bit smaller so it does make sense.

Now onto some benchmarks
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Most Recent Comments

18-05-2007, 07:52:23

Nice roundup Kemp, good show.


18-05-2007, 08:00:17

looks cool, i just wish XFX had done the same with the GTS as the GT, the black PCB does look damn niceQuote

18-05-2007, 08:06:03

Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
looks cool, i just wish XFX had done the same with the GTS as the GT, the black PCB does look damn nice
Agreed. And I'm quire fond of the DVI connectors too Quote

18-05-2007, 08:06:18

Agreed, it really makes the card feel a little bit more special.

However at a £100 price-point you can't complain about the 8600 GT Quote

18-05-2007, 08:20:05

Ye the Black does make it look good maybe in future they will make more cards that use different colours:rotfl: :rotfl:Quote

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