Microsoft Windows Vista requires a hardware upgrade here
or there, but a DirectX 10 videocard is almost mandatory if you plan on hitting
the next generation games that are coming out later this year. DirectX 10 proves
some really astounding visual effects are possible in the gaming environment,
and it is married to Vista like.... well you get the idea. With all
the hot DirectX 10 titles coming down the pipeline, it's nice to know that there
is at least one family of mainstream DirectX10 videocards out, and that you
don't have to spend an utter fortune on a Geforce 8800GTX (or the ATI
equivalent) just to play at your best. The nVidia Geforce 8600GTS is a welcome
respite for the rest of us who cannot justify spending as much on a videocard,
as a full PC costs.
This spring PCSTATS has been witness to an explosion
of GeForce 8600GTS videocards coming out, seemingly like blades of grass
from every possible vendor you can think of. The heavy push behind
the 8600GTS comes with good reason, it's an excellent videocard for
the money. As most of the first round 8600GTS cards are based on the reference
model from nVidia, manufacturers are pulling out all the stops; game
bundles, factory overclocked settings, flashy heatsinks and ultra quiet high
efficiency thermal solutions. Foxconn takes a slightly alternative
stance, serving up a plain GeForce 8600GTS that kicks out some decent
framerates, for a competitive price point. No fuss, no muss. It's the age old
tradition of money talks.
The Foxconn Geforce 8600GTS-256 retails
for $223 CDN ($199 USD, £99 GBP), and comes with nothing more than the
basics. The software package is totally unsuited for a gaming card in
our opinion, and certainly could have been more inspired.
On the whole Foxconn's 8800GTS-256
videocard slides in exactly where we'd expect it to. In some instances it's
much faster than the GeForce 7600GT, in others it's only a little faster. On
average this Geforce 8600GTS offers a decent performance boost over the previous
generation of mainstream PCI Express graphics cards. Heck you can even run two
GeForce 8600GTS videocards in SLI to reach GeForce 8800GTS 320MB performance,
although this is a more costly route.
The Foxconn 8600GTS-256 is a decent overclocker, and in
the PCSTATS labs reached a core speed of 763 MHz, with the memory
going all the way too 2242 MHz. At higher resolutions there's a decent boost in
performance from the overclocking, so keep that in mind.
Sure the Foxconn 8600GTS-256 is based entirely on
the reference design, but no matter how you slice it the Geforce 8600GTS
videocard is a great DirectX 10 mid level gaming solution!
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