Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the
details you need to see at a glance to know how the various videocards tested
perform relative to each other. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest
overclocked core and memory clock speeds we were able to achieve while
maintaining 100% stability. Results are grouped by GPU class, and ranked by
highest memory overclock to lowest.
Filed under Mainstream Videocards, you can clearly see
how the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard stacks up against the rest of the
field. MSI's NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC overclocks pretty well for a mainstream
videocard (1730MHz memory / 708MHz GPU), especially considering it ships from
the factory pre-overclocked in the first place.
A Worthy Graphics
nVIDIA's GeForce 8600 family offers a heck of a value if
you're on a tight budget and want to play DirectX10 videogames.... Albeit at a
lower resolution. But hey, it's better than nothing right? ;-)
Most entry level videocards claim 3D capability but
often deliver sticky slow framerates. What fun is that? This card isn't going
make 100FPS in every game a reality, but it will at least get you into most
games with +60FPS levels. At lower resolutions both Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
and FEAR both show similar results which are pretty good considering those two
games are quite hard on videocards. For less
demanding games like Quake 4, framerates are good even with max details
turned on at 1600x1200.
More importantly the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC is able to
handle the DirectX 10 games we tested with at low details and a resolution of
1024x768. It gives you an idea of what to expect from all the DirectX 10
The MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC retails for about $144 CDN ($135 USD, £67 GBP), making it one nice
videocard when you consider its cost. The videocard natively supports dual DVI
outputs, TV and component output, and even HDCP.
As you witnessed in the benchmarks the 3D performance of
the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard was pretty good all around. It ran most
games adequately at 1024x768. Higher 1600x1200 resolutions may be too much for
it however, particularly if the game is rather new, so bear that in mind. On the
overclocking front the pre-overclocked NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC was easily boosted to
708 MHz core and 1730 MHz memory in our tests with it.
All things considered, the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC is
not the least expensive GeForce 8600GT out there, but it's certainly one of the
better ones. It supports nice things like dual DVI outputs and comes pre
overclocked from the factory. If you're on a tight budget this is a videocard
you'll want to look into.
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