small VR Zone G84  Geforce 8600 series shootout

Troubled about which mid-range graphics card to get for your new PC? Fret not! We’ll be taking a look at 7 different brands of 8600GT/GTS today to give you a clearer picture of what you should be expecting, and what you should be buying! **updated with Biostar and Elsa 8600GTS!**

IMG 6929 VR Zone G84  Geforce 8600 series shootout

You have seen our shootout for the Geforce 7600GT series a year back, and now we’re back with the 8600 series. We will be taking a look at a total of 18 cards from 7 different brands in this shootout, namely Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit & Zotac, and we aim to give you an idea of what to expect for the price you pay for your spanking new graphics adapter.

Below are some of the basic specifications of the 8600GT and GTS before we continue to introduce the cards from the various different brands.

Model

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