like the GTS which we reviewed on launch
day the 8600GT is aimed at
the price-conscious consumer who still wants to
play today’s games at reasonable resolutions.
Just like its bigger brother the GT fully supports
the DirectX 10 standard and has an impressive
array of video decoding features under the hood.
But whereas the GTS has two HDCP enabled DUAL-DVI
connectors by default, it was left up to the individual
card manufacturers to decide whether they would
add HDCP support to the GT or not.
A reference 8600GT is otherwise
more or less a downclocked version of the GTS
(the reduced power consumption lead to the removal
of the PCI power connector), as both cards have
the same amount of stream processors, are fabricated
with 80nm technology and have a 128bit memory
interface. Just like the GTS the 8600 GT is also
very effective at handling textures (in certain
situations even better than the 8800 series).
By default the 8600GT cores are running at 540Mhz
while the memory is set to 700Mhz (1400Mhz DDR).
The shader clock runs at a high 1,19Ghz. All in
all a very impressive board, especially considering
its price starts at $150.