nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX

Game Benchmarks - CoD 2, F.E.A.R. and Oblivion

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow.

Note that for this review I played at 1280 x 1024 with 4 x AA, all other settings were on maximum.

Let's see how the cards fared here:

call of duty 2 results

With these game tests I am only using the X1950 card as a reference point here. You can see that all three cards coped pretty well with CoD 2 - a pretty demanding game even by today's standards. The XFX tops the lot here, a start of a trend.


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I played a fully updated game with the latest patches installed. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.

The cards were played at 1280 x 1024 with 4 x AA, 4 x FSAA and soft shadows disabled. All other settings were on maximum.

FEAR test results

The Foxconn did pretty well in F.E.A.R. here just outmatching the XFX by 1 FPS or so. I wasn't quite sure of the reason for this, but all three cards managed this game to a very good-looking level of immersion.


Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. In-game settings used:

oblivion settings 1 oblivion settings 2

oblivion settings 3 oblivion settings 4

Oblivion was played at 1280 x 1024 with HDR enabled and no AA.

oblivion fps

The cards are a little more predictable in Oblivion with the XFX card taking quite a lead. To me this shows that this leans more on the stream processor clock than the actual clockspeed. Still, even the 8600 GT did very well in Oblivion at this resolution and settings, very impressive.
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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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