GeForce 8600 GT: specifications and description
GeForce 8600 GT - the brainchild of the largestcompany-manufacturer of computer components Nvidia. Historically, this company throughout its existence has only one competitor - AMD (whose video cards were previously produced by ATI).
In this article, we'll look at this video card in terms of features, comparisons with competitors and performance in tests and games.
History of the video card
In 2007, a series of video cards from Nvidia - GeForce 8600 appeared. GT, GTS, GTX - this video card has such modifications.
The video card is a budget variant of the iconic and cult card - the GeForce 8800. In the conditions of fierce competition with AMD at that time, Nvidia released new video cards almost every month.
In 2007, only the firstvideo card with DiretX10 support. The company decided to take advantage of this situation and release the first budget card with support for this software. And it turned out quite successfully. The board was created for those who could not afford the most powerful and productive 8800, but wanted to see all the beauty of the graphic breakthrough with DirectX10 on their computer for little money. However, one low cost does not achieve such high sales. So what is the popularity of the video chip? Let us pass to the analysis of technical characteristics.
GeForce 8600 GT: Features
The entire 8600 series is based on a graphics processorG84, which operates at a frequency of up to 540 MHz. The video card was sold with two memory sizes: 256 MB and 512 MB. Both options were based on DDR3 technology. The board operates at a frequency of 1400 MHz with a maximum resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels. Like top-end video cards from Nvidia, this supports SLI mode up to three boards at the same time.
To connect the iron you need a PCI Express slotx16 and at least 512 MB of RAM on board the computer. Also, to use all the features offered, the user had to install the Windows Vista operating system. This was done because the support for DirectX10 was only in the new OS from Microsoft. Those who did not like "Vista" could safely stay on XP and use only the possibilities of DirectX9. The required power supply is not less than 350 watts. From the interfaces and connectors GeFore 8600 GT offers two DVI sockets and an output for TV (TV-Out).
Standard version of the video cardincludes: the video card itself, DVI-VGA adapters, CD-ROM with documentation, drivers, instructions and other additional software, warranty. At the time of release, the video card cost from $ 130 to $ 160, which allowed you to acquire it without much trouble even to owners of weak or medium computer configurations.
Externally, the video card does not look like a powerful and productive one. A conventional board with a small cooling system in the form of a cooler - the budget of the model affects everything. Consider the results of the tests of the video card.
The GeForce 8600 GT currently does not make sense to test on modern systems and computer games. Therefore, take the test programs and games in 2007 (the year of release of this video card).
The testing was carried out at the following stand: processor Core 2 Duo 3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and Windows Vista on a hard disk of 320 GB. 3D Mark 2006 showed that the versions with 512 MB and 256 MB of video memory practically do not differ in terms of performance.
Let's pass to two games which have been taken fortest: Bioshock and Medal of Honor Airborne. Both projects came out just in 2007. In GeForce 8600 GT feels confident only with medium settings. At high and ultra FPS can sag to up to 20 frames per second, which is almost unplayable. It is worth paying attention to the fact that these two games are perfectly optimized. This means that the video card can prove much worse in less stable games. In a word - a budget class.
Of course, by purchasing this video card in 2007year, everyone realized that this is just an imitation of DirectX10 support. To fully benefit from iron, it was necessary to acquire a 8800 series. However, those who were not so important with modern games, this video card was just right.