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Wednesday, 18 April 2007 15:29

XFX 8600 GT 620MHz scores great

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Review: DX10 for €150 makes 8600GTS run for its money
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We had a chance to get one special Geforce 8600 GT card. The normal cards are clocked at 540 MHz core and 1400 MHz memory but this XXX card runs at 620 MHz core and 1600 MHz memory. The best part is that it costs only €150 and is available at press time.


The card comes in an extremely small box but don't be fooled, it's a quite fast part. It has 32 Unified Shaders clocked at 1190 MHz and eight ROPs. The only bad thing about the 8600GT / GTS generation is that the memory works at 128 bit only.

 

Well let's forget about that for a second. XFX Geforce 8600 GT XXX is the full name of the product we tested. The card comes with 256MB GDDR3 memory has 2x DVI ports, TV-out and is of course PCIe only. It supports SLI and has a SLI connector on top of the card. The black PCB looks really nice and the white cooler fits the design.

 

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XFX made the DVI ports in green and it fits the design, on top of them you will find a S-video out. Even the bracket is in black. The card doesn’t have a PCIe 6 pin power connector and gets all its power from the PCIe slot.

The cooler is efficient and quiet and it looks a lot like the 7600 GT cooler we seen on the previous generation of the cards. It is not noisier than the cooler on a 8600 GTS, but this one doesn't cool the memory. The memory comes from Qimonda and we believe that it works at 1.4 ns. The package includes a driver CD (v. 101.02 XP), S-Video Cable, six pin to Molex power cable and a DVI dongle. Of course the box comes with a manual. The card doesn't support HDCP but the new version of the card might support it. 

 

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We used:

Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition
Nforce 680i EVGA board
Corsair Dominator TWIN2X1024-8500 at 5-5-5-15 at 1066 MHz
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 400GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Akasa EVO AK 922 Blue Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's
Silverstone DA750W modular PSU

 

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We upgraded our benchmarking suite with Company of Heroes and Oblivion is back again. We are also thinking about Stalker as well, as it has a great graphics. We included Gainward's 8600 GTS card, 8600 GTS and 8600GT at default speeds and XFX's overclocked 8600GT XXX cards in the review.



 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

3DMark 03

Game2

Game3

Game4

Gainward 8600GTS 725/2200MHz

18916

144.6

109.4

119.2

Nvidia 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

17566

133.0

101.4

110.1

Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz

14364

94.9

85.3

86.4

Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz

14399

107.6

83.4

89.7

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz

16309

123.3

94.5

102.2

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Vertex Shader

Pixel Shader 2.0

Gainward 8600GTS 725/2200MHz

2844.8

8015.4

63.5

249.6

Nvidia 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

2638.5

7434.6

59.0

227.7

Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz

2364.4

6400.3

43.3

279.8

Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz

2110.6

6043.0

48.0

187.5

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz

2420.7

6870.3

54.6

213.9

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

3DMark 05

Game1

Game2

Game3

Gainward 8600GTS 725/2200MHz

12354

52.0

38.9

59.7

Nvidia 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

11407

48.0

36.1

54.9

Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz

6132

28.5

18.0

28.7

Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz

9317

39.2

29.5

44.7

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz

10612

44.7

33.5

51.1

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

Gainward 8600GTS 725/2200MHz

2904.9

8688.9

193.6

130.8/136.3

Nvidia 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

2723.5

8094.5

179.5

117.2/123.9

Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz

2811.8

6648.9

168.7

51.3/37.2

Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz

2183.1

6607.0

146.9

98.7/100.0

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz

2505.0

7507.8

167.2

112.7/113.5

 

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz card is 2000 points faster then the reference 8600 GT. Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz is almost identical to Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz at default clock. 8600 GTS at default clock is 1200 points faster and Gainward's overclocked card dominates.

 
In 3Dmark05 XFX 8600 GT card scores 1300 points faster then the reference 8600 card. XFX 8600 GT is more than 50 percent faster than the Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz. XFX Geforce 8600 GT XXX is about thirteen percent faster then the reference 8600GT card.

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 06

3DMark 06

 

 

 

Gainward 8600GTS 725/2200MHz

5916

 

 

 

Nvidia 8600GTS 675/2000MHz

5513

 

 

 

Nvidia 7600GT 560/1400MHz

3314

 

 

 

Nvidia 8600GT 540/1400MHz

4558

 

 

 

XFX 8600GT 620/1600MHz

5114

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