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UPDATE (8-3-07): Now Includes 8600GTS SLI vs. 8800GTS 640 (below)


There's been a lot of confusion around here as to whether or not the 8600GT or 8600GTS are very good performers when it comes to gaming. I really wasn't sure so decided to compile some benchmarks from review sites on the net. I thought this may help people looking into purchasing an 8600 series video card.

I've included the 3DMark06 benchmark (stock) graph for each site's review, and the links:

TechSpot: Nvidia 8600GTS & GT Performance:



Legit Reviews: XFX 8600 GT & 8600 GTS XXX Edition Video Cards:



FiringSquad: NVIDIA 8600GTS/GT Performance Review:


The Tech Report: Nvidia's GeForce 8600 series graphic cards:


It seems the 8600 series performs quite well, with both beating out the 7900GS and X1950Pro in the majority of the cases (in the reviews they appeared), even in the majority of games tested as well.

Keep in mind two of the reviews were with XFX's "XXX" edition with higher clocks than the standard - but these cards have come to be known as great overclockers, and could very likely reach those clocks with ATItool or Rivatuner.



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EDIT:

I found this review at Digital-Daily.com:

I know some of you have been looking for a comparison like this...

Digital Daily: 8600GTS SLI versus 8800GTS 640mb

3DMark Scores:


I was intrigued when I saw that the performance was comparable in most of the other games/benchmarks, too. And that's pitted against the 640mb 8800GTS!


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While I knew the 8600 series was respectable, the benchmarks kind of surprised me - considering the 8600 series cards use the older 128-bit memory bandwidth. But they are what they are....


I hope all this helps with any purchase decisions out there. Remember that no review is the "final say", but these benchmarks say a lot IMO.

Comments appreciated!
    
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yeah, i can't say i'm terribly happy about how close the 8600s are to the video card i paid so much money for just last year. i would never base a video card purchase just on 3DMark scores though - we all know that nVidia is usually the 3DMark champ. that doesn't always translate to equal performance in games.
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yeah, i can't say i'm terribly happy about how close the 8600s are to the video card i paid so much money for just last year. i would never base a video card purchase just on 3DMark scores though - we all know that nVidia is usually the 3DMark champ. that doesn't always translate to equal performance in games.
That's why I provided the links. They seem to perform almost as well in most games, too.

That crossfire setup will dominate the 8600 series cards though, even in SLI

EDIT: And when I say "almost as well" above, I meant the 3Dmark06 score closely reflects the game performance. Check it out for yourself.

I did notice the X1950Pro beat out the 8600GT on a variety of games at high resolutions, however.
    
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i knew this would happen. when the 8600s and 2600s first came out and got panned in the press, i figured it just had to do with the release drivers. there is actually a really good selection of g-cards to choose from right now. good times.
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i knew this would happen. when the 8600s and 2600s first came out and got panned in the press, i figured it just had to do with the release drivers. there is actually a really good selection of g-cards to choose from right now. good times.
Good observation. IMO, it seems every time a new GPU comes out, it is either shunned as garbage or praised as the best thing ever created. I think a lot of people just feel the need to pick sides, and in turn fail at being objectionable.
    
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Those budget vista cards are a joke. Why not fork out another few dollars for the 320 MB GTS.
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i've always said you get what you pay for, and you do, they are really really good budget cards yes not as good as the 88 but still good really for there price, and can people please stop about the 128bit bus, it will only help at higher rez, and incase people haven't noticed, you aren't playing on anything more than a 19" with a cheaper card, most likely a 17" or a rez of 1024/786

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Those budget vista cards are a joke. Why not fork out another few dollars for the 320 MB GTS.
EVGA 8600GT - $114.99

EVGA 8800GTS 320mb - $279.99

Is $165 a "few dollars"?
    
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The 8600GT runs quite well. Check out my sig, mine is Volt Modded.Thats just the 8600GT. I could imagine what the XXX or GTS could do.
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the 8600 are awesome fast and cheap and i think am going sli
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