The nVIDIA GeForce 8600GT GPU offers us a good Microsoft
Vista DirectX10 compatible platform from which to build on. The Albatron Geforce
8600GT-256 videocard is a very aggressive priced, so there isn't much to
dissuade users seeking out an inexpensive graphical upgrade.
Retailing for $155 CDN ($147 USD, £73 GBP), the Albatron 8600GT-256 will bring your system up to
Microsoft Windows Vista levels and offer up a moderate level of videocard game
play. Albatron only bundle in a DVI to analog converter and TV/Component output
cable here... a game would have been a nice touch.
While nVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS videocards require extra
power, the Albatron 8600GT-256 can get by with just what it receives through the
PCI Express x16 slot. That makes getting the Albatron 8600GT-256 up and running
a simpler task for users with older computers.
In the 3D tests we see that the Albatron 8600GT-256
performs rather well for its GPU class, and that for the most part it can play
modern games at 1024x768 without difficulty. Turning up the resolution or
completely maxing out the image quality settings is not a great idea. Nvidia's
GeForce 8600GT GPU simply doesn't have enough memory bandwidth to handle that
kind of load.
The Albatron 8600GT-256 videocard was decent at
overclocking, and in PCSTATS tests the core rose to 712MHz and memory approached
1760MHz. You'll see the biggest boost from this Albatron videocard by
overclocking the memory speed as the G84 core is memory bandwidth bottle necked
as it is.
If you need a DirectX10 Vista compatible videocard that
doesn't cost an arm and a leg, the Albatron 8600GT-256 is great option. All the
DX10 goodness you'd expect from a next generation videocard in a small and
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