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Foxconn 8600GTS-256 Geforce 8600GTS DirectX10 Videocard Review

Foxconn 8600GTS-256 Geforce 8600GTS DirectX10 Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: There are many Geforce 8600GTS models to pick from, and to be honest these videocards are virtually all re-branded nVidia reference cards.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Apr 26 2007   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the Foxconn GeForce 8600GTS

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 675 MHz 763 MHz
Memory Speed: 2016 MHz 2242 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

So far most of the GeForce 8600GTS videocards PCSTATS has gotten into the labs have been pretty good overclockers. Let's see what this Foxconn model can do for us, eh! The Foxconn 8600GTS-256 has its core and memory speed clocked at 675 MHz and 2016 MHz respectively. PCSTATS will be using nVIDIA's nTune software to overclock this time around, and we'll be increasing the core speed in ~7 MHz increments.

Let slip the dogs of war and let the overclocking begin! From a starting point of 675 MHz we're aiming to get at least 800 MHz out of the core. The GeForce 8600GTS easily cracked 700 MHz, 750MHz and 775MHz before settling on 780 MHz. It was right about then that the driver started to complain about failing its test. nTune is so picky. Unfortunately Foxconn's 8600GTS-256 really couldn't handle this speed whilst running benchmarks, so we were forced to drop the speed down to 763 MHz to keep it stable.

Next up was the 256MB of GDDR3 memory, starting at 2016 MHz it will be overclocked in ~15 MHz steps. Considering the fact that the GeForce 8600GTS memory controller is only 128 bits wide, overclocking the memory will most likely improve performance more than increasing the core clock speed.

Much to our surprise, the memory easily sailed through 2100 MHz and 2200 MHz. It stopped dead in its tracks at 2242 MHz, which is pretty darn good. The GeForce 8600GTS core and GDDR3 memory on this Foxconn videocard had no problems running at their respective maximum clock speeds.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Foxconn 8600GTS-256 test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS 256MB based videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 FX-62

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: Foxconn 8600GTS-256

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS

Memory:

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 7.2

Benchmarks:

3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4
FEAR

AA+AF Benchmarks
FarCry
FEAR
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: Foxconn 8600GTS-256
 Pg 1.  Foxconn 8600GTS-256 Geforce 8600GTS DirectX10 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Getting Down & Dirty - GeForce 8600GTS Technology
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the Foxconn GeForce 8600GTS
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 9.  Mainstream Gamers Delight?

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