by July 4, 2007 0 comments

This midrange Direct X 10 graphics card will surely bring a broad smile to
the face of many budget conscious gamers who till now couldn’t afford to buy the
high end Direct X 10 cards. XFX 8600 GTS is based on the GeForce 8600 GT
chipset. It has the conventional 256 MB DDR3 RAM with slightly over clocked core
speed of 730 MHz and a memory speed of 2.26 GHz. It comes loaded with NVIDIA
PureVideo technology which enables all HD video processing to be done by the GPU.
This new video engine can decode all Blu-ray and HD-DVD content, and also
provide HD video playback up to a resolution of 1080p. It supports SLI, HDTV,
Dual DVI etc and also has additional support for HDCP.

In our tests, it performed very well scoring 5951 in 3D Mark06 (at 1280×1024
resolution). In some of the games like Fear with an fps of 82 (at maximum
setting, i.e. at 1280×1024 with AA-4x and AF-16x) it even outperformed some high
end cards such as ATI Radeon X1950 XTX. Even in games like FAR CRY, Doom 3,
Brain Lara Cricket 2007 and STALKER, it proved to be a great performer.

With Direct X 10 games having already started to hit the market, this card
will surely be a hot property, but for now when HDCP use is not very popular,
paying 5k extra just for it, isn’t a good idea.

Bottomline: The XFX GeForce 8600 GT is a similar performing card,
at a much cheaper price.

Price: Rs 14,500 (3 yr warranty)
Key Specs:
8600 GTS chipset, 730 MHz core
clock, 2.26 GHz memory clock, 256 MB DRR3 RAM, HDTV ready, HDCP ready

Rashi Peripherals, Mumbai

SMS Buy 130792 to 6677

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