Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS
Released April, 2007
The Pros:Fan and card seem sturdy. Great HD video performance. Single PCI-E slot design.
The Cons:Performance is questionable compared to more powerful cards that only cost a bit more. Requires a direct connection from your computer's power supply. Cheap capacitors on certain models tend to explode.
The GeForce 8600 GTS is a mid-range model in Nvidia's 8 series of consumer desktop graphics cards. Its specifications should enable it to handle less demanding games and perform adequately on lower settings in more demanding graphics applications released in 2009.
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It features 256 MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI-readiness allowing dual GPU setups, and GigaThread technology, which aims to increase processing efficiency through multi-threading. Other incorporated technologies include Nvidia's Lumenex engine, which enables 128-bit HDR rendering for increased realism in lighting. The 8600 GTS is a step up from the 8600 GT, offering essentially the same technology but with higher clock speeds.
- 256 MB memory
- 32 processor cores
- DirectX 9 and 10
- PCI Express
- 675MHz graphics clock
- 1450MHz processor clock
- 1000MHz memory clock
- Texture fill rate: 10.8 billion/sec
User Reviews (1)
Fan and card seem sturdy.
Great HD video performance.
Single PCI-E slot design.
Runs pretty quiet, even under moderate loads.
Performance is questionable compared to more powerful cards that only cost a bit more.
Requires a direct connection from your computer's power supply.
Cheap capacitors on certain models tend to explode.
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