The nVIDIA GeForce 8 series videocards that have passed
through the PCSTATS test labs have overclocked well. By default the MSI
NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard is clocked at a 580 MHz core and 1600 MHz memory.
Starting with the core first the clock speed was
increased in 10 MHz increments. The GeForce 8600GT turned out to be a pretty
good overclocker and easily passed 600 MHz without any issues. The core turned
out to be a great overclocker as it passed 675 MHz which is the stock speed of
the GeForce 8600GTS core.
NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC core reached a maximum speed of 708 MHz, anything higher and
nTune would complain about the videocard failing its driver test. A speed of 708
MHz is a very healthy overclock from 540 MHz, so it's nice to see that the
GeForce 8600 class can overclock well.
The 256MB of GDDR3 memory on the MSI videocard was
Starting at 1400 MHz the memory frequency was increased
in 20 MHz jumps, hey we're impatient. ;-) The memory handled overclocking and
cracked 1600 and 1700 MHz without breaking a sweat.
The memory on the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC reached a
maximum speed of 1730 MHz. Not quite GeForce 8600GTS memory levels... but then
again we didn't expect that. Overall the NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC performed nicely
and if you need more performance out of the videocard, overclocking is
definitely something you should consider.
Prelude to Benchmarks
details of how the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC 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 8600GT 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|