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XFX GeForce 8600 GTS and GT Review - SLI Tested

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: XFX
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The XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX

Interestingly, the XFX 8600 GT XXX card uses a different heatsink cooler than the other 8600 GT cards we have seen -- it's a bit smaller but didn't seem to have any problems cooling the GPU efficiently enough to run at its overclocked speed.



XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX


And again, the clock speeds on XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX card are pushed beyond the NVIDIA settings:




  • 620 MHz core clock versus 540 MHz reference clock


  • 1.60 MHz memory clock versus 1.18 GHz reference clock


XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX - no PCIe power connector


The GeForce 8600 GT cards do NOT require an external power connection and as such are friendlier for HTPCs and SFFs and users with small power supplies.



XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX - SLI connection


SLI technology support is of course still here -- and we test it out in the coming benchmark pages.



XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX - dual dual-link DVI and HDTV output


Even the 8600 GT cards have two dual-link DVI connections and an HDTV output.



8600 GTS GPU



8600 GT GPU - same markings


On these two cards from XFX, both of the GPUs are actually labeled "G84" indicating that the G86 8600 GT is actually the same chip with the clocks turned down, not a separate spin at all.  

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