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Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Budget Graphics Card Roundup

XFX Nvidia 8600GT 512MB

The XFX 8600GT is supplied in such a small box you’ll find it hard to believe that the card is actually inside it. Inside you will find a register card, a good quick installation manual, a drivers CD and a mini DIN cable.

XFX have opted for a black PCB with their 8600GT 512MB board. A copper heatsink and fan solution is used which keeps the card quite cool but later on we found it to be quite noisy. The particular version of the card we received has a standard core clock of 540MHz and a shader clock of 1190MHz, but it is using Samsung 2.5ns 800MHz DDR2 RAM instead of the 1400MHz GDDR3 RAM of the reference version which will have an impact on its 3D performance. The card requires no external power and has a D-Sub port, a mini-DIN video out and a dual link DVI port. It also has an SLI connector,  is HDCP ready and can transfer audio over the HDMI connector if you use a DVI to HDMI adapter along with an internal SPDIF cable.

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