We have something slightly refreshing in the market now – low profile cards that have HDMI output, making them a great choice for HTPC setups. We took the PoV 8600 GT for a quick spin to find out more about it.
nVidia’s GeForce 8800 GT cards have just been released a week ago. Unfortunately, demand for the 8800 GT is so high that all cards were snapped up within a few days at all the local stores. The 8800 GT may be blazingly fast, but it also outputs a fair amount of heat, and requires extra juice to run, making it a no-no for anyone looking for a small form factor PC or a home-theatre PC.
We have here in our labs the Point of View 8600 GT. It is a half-height PCI Express graphics card, and it comes with both DVI and HDMI outputs (one each). As HDMI is available, it would bring a smile to users looking for an easy HTPC setup process. With the graphics core being an 8600 GT, it packs quite a bit of punch of processing power for some of the latest games in the market.
Let us look at the following table about the eVGA and PoV cards.
|Reference 8600 GT||eVGA 8600 GT SuperOC||Point of View 8600 GT|