small Mainstream Graphics Arena: The Launch of the Geforce 8600 and 8500 series

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4 Mainstream Graphics Arena: The Launch of the Geforce 8600 and 8500 series

Many of the gamers around the world are anticipating the launch of the G84s and G86s. Officially named as the Geforce 8600 and 8500 series, these cards have came a long mile, from the highly debated memory bandwidth implementation, the postponed launch due to ATI’s inability to deliver the RV610s and 630s and finally, to the launch of these cards. In fact, we have already obtained these cards a while ago as seen in our preliminary gaming performance and overclocking tests, and last week, the APAC press had a conference call with the Nvidia HQ on the launch and features that’s present in these cards that’s scheduled to be on sale today.

We’ve been toiling day and night to obtain more information about these cards, and as well, running the benchmarks on these cards for this very review. Before we continue, let’s take a look at the specifications of the stock G84s and 86s.

Model

8600 GTS
8600GT
8500GT
Stream Processors
32
32
16
Transistor Count (millions)
289
289
210
Core Clock (Mhz)
675
540
450
Shader Clock (Ghz)
1.45
1.18
0.9
Memory Clock (Mhz)
1000 (2000 DDR)
700 (1400DDR)
400 (800DDR)
Memory Type
GDDR3
GDDR3
GDDR2
Memory Interface
128bit
128bit
128bit
Memory bandwidth (GB/s)
32
22.4
12.8
Texture fill rate (Billion/sec)
10.8
8.6
3.6
Power Connector?
Yes
No
No

Wait, The Zotac cards we recieved are already overclocked by default!

Model

8600 GTS
8600GT
8500GT
Core Clock (Mhz)
720
600
700
Shader Clock (Ghz)
1.54
1.3
1.4
Memory Clock (Mhz)
1200 (2400 DDR)
800 (1600DDR)
400 (800DDR)
 
That’s a 250Mhz core clock overclock on the 8500GT!