XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Series

The Card - Close up

XFX Fatal1ty 8600 GT Professional Edition

The first thing you notice with the XFX Fatal1ty 8600GT is the rather domineering heatpipe cooler strapped to the card. The 8600 GT is a rather small card and the heatsink really takes centre stage. You'll notice that the heatpipes and fins rise above the level of the card, but this shouldn't be a problem in a normal ATX case.

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The Fatal1ty logo takes centre stage on the card and the overall effect certainly wouldn't be out of place at a LAN Party.

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The rear of the card is the standard "XXX" Edition black PCB, not that that is a bad thing, black PCB's are the way to go in my opinion. The cooler wraps around the rear of the card with 4 heatpipes (2 connected) shedding the heat of the GPU and memory.

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There is no external power connector on the card, which is normal for the power efficient 8600 GT. The card also has a retention mechanism on the top keeping the large cooler stable. XFX also added a plastic shield to the rear of the cooler's fins to shield from any short-outs from the metal fins and the PCB.

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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.

The Cooler

The cooler on the card is very effective. Silent and efficient the cooler kept the card at 52°C idle and 79°c load. Compare this with the stock cooler that runs at 50°C and 77°C load, and it's not too bad at all (ambient 22°C in both cases).

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All in all XFX have done a great job putting together an attractive graphics card with a great cooling solution that makes no noise whatsoever.
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Most Recent Comments

01-07-2007, 15:37:24

MikeEnIke
Nice review Kemp. Impressed, it put up a nice fight.Quote

01-07-2007, 16:09:38

Rastalovich
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

flib
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

FarFarAway
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

Ham
Nice too see a product baring his name that isnt cack or really expensiveQuote
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