XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series

Introduction, packaging, package and specification


The 8600 GT proved to be a decent deal for those wanting a graphics card at a around £100 that had a little punch to it when we reviewed it last month. XFX have now decided to step up to the plate again and add some passive cooling.

We take it into our labs and see what it can do...


As with all XFX products the 8600 GT Fatal1ty is very well packaged and would stand out on the shelf of most retail stores. The Fatal1ty branding is present on the front and rear of the box and there is also a nifty little window for you to see what your buying too. As I said the Fatal1ty branding abounds on the packaging but alas, unfortunately so does Mr. Wendel's face. Still...maybe that's what sells nowadays (put the claws away - Ed)??

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

Quickly shedding the outer layer of packaging in search of something more palatable, we found the interior of the box to be well organised and pretty resistant to damage by careless couriers and poor posties.

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

All in all a good job by XFX with plenty of padding in the right places.


The package with the 8600 GT Fatal1ty is actually pretty sparse, even for a mid-range card. No sight of any software included with the card and certainly not a whole load of hardware. This is a pretty bare package so don't expect to have a box full of AAA titles to play on.


* XFX Driver Disc
* S-Video Connector guide
* Quick Install Guide
* DVI to VGA converter
* S-Video to S-Video cable

xfx fatal1ty 8600 gt

That's a bit of a shame really as it doesn't set the bundle aside from the competition.


Let's see how the card stacks up. There's not much info on XFX's website about the cards specs, but they are the same as the 8600GT we previously reviewed.

 Reference 8600 GT XFX "Fatal1ty" 8600 GT Reference 8600 GTS
Stream Processors 32 3232
Core Clock (MHz)
540 620 675
Shader Clock (MHz)
1130 13551450
Memory Clock (MHz) 700 8001000
Memory Amount 256mb GDDR3
256mb GDDR3256 GDDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 22.4 22.432
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 8.6 8.6 10.8

And the detailed specs:

* 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


Now let's take a look at the card...
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Most Recent Comments

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

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