Sunday, March 18th 2007

GeForce 8600 GTS pictured and benchmarked

Forum user sdscsv from the PCOnline forum has posted pictures of his 8600 GTS card, as well as some benchmarks:

Source: PCOnline
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27 Comments on GeForce 8600 GTS pictured and benchmarked

#1
rikuete
The results look great. Isn't that almost like 7900GT?
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#2
tofu
I'd say its in between 7900GS and 7900GT.

Very nice though, 2GHz DDR!
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#3
pt
not a suicide-bomber
i want to see the gt benchs :)
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#4
RickyG512
notice how bad the cpu score is and how much it affected the final score

i think this would get in the high 6xxx with a good cpu putting it with the x1900xtx which also gets in the 6xxx
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#5
rikuete
I can see text 3DMark06 - Basic Edition on the upper left corner:twitch:

Edit: I was replying this
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#6
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Without that 256bit memory bus the card is already dated.
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#7
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
imo thats not a very impressive 3dmark06 score for a dx10 card
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#8
KennyT772
its pretty damn impressive for its $175 price bracket...
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#9
RickyG512
well in my opion with a dual core that will get 6500 or above, which matches my speed with a dual core and my x1900xtx, so this means there mid range card is performail same or faster than ATI's top end card for a cheaper price
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#10
DrunkenMafia
There is no other card in that price bracket that will get those kinda scores... Ati better pull their finger out before they get forgotten about.
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#11
C.Ash
The 7600 GT scored between the 7800 GS and the 7800 GT.
Now, the 8600 GTS scores between the 7900 GT and the 7900 GTX.
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#12
RickyG512
but thats not the real 8600GTS score thou, u say its between 7900 GT and the 7900 GTX, but i bet your the results ur looking at for those cards have been done with dual cores
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#13
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
I wouldnt say the card is that fast, assuming its 06 score is with it OCd, its just about topped out. You cant rely on a CPU to give additional horsepower for a final score as very few games use the CPU for much these days, the GPU handles 99% of it. So it wouldnt surprise me if a weaker CPU was deliberately picked to put into the test system.
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#14
wazzledoozle
by: Ketxxx
I wouldnt say the card is that fast, assuming its 06 score is with it OCd, its just about topped out. You cant rely on a CPU to give additional horsepower for a final score as very few games use the CPU for much these days, the GPU handles 99% of it. So it wouldnt surprise me if a weaker CPU was deliberately picked to put into the test system.
This card isnt for games these days, its for DX10 and next-gen games such as Crysis and Alan Wake; which will utilize multiple cores to their fullest extent. Even now, try and play Supreme Commander on a single core and watch the slide show.
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#15
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Nice card and nice scores. That is a pretty good score for a midrange cards and I cant wait to see SLI on them.


On a side note. My ATITOOL doesnt look anything like that. Im gonna double check to see if I got 0.27. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?
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#16
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
1. Last I checked the 8600GTS was a single core card :p
2. If the 8600GTS barely has enough grunt for current games to run smoothly, explain to us all again how its going to have enough horsepower to run DX10 :D Admittedly DX10 supposedly brings amazing performance inprovements, but what do you think programmers are going to do with all the extra power? Most likely wittle it away by dumping additional poorly optimized tasks onto the GPU or use the extra power to put yet more details into environments etc, slowing the card down to a crawl, meaning you would need a better card anyway. 128bit memory interface is just totally outdated and only should be used on low end cards like the 8300GT.
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#17
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
by: WarEagleAU
Nice card and nice scores. That is a pretty good score for a midrange cards and I cant wait to see SLI on them.


On a side note. My ATITOOL doesnt look anything like that. Im gonna double check to see if I got 0.27. Anyone know what I am doing wrong?
Nothing. ATItool only looks like that if you have an nvidia card ;)
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#18
tofu
by: rikuete
I can see text 3DMark06 - Basic Edition on the upper left corner:twitch:

Edit: I was replying this
Nice man, caught me before I deleted my post.

I took a second look at the screenshots to make sure, and then WTF!?!? its '06 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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#19
Wile E
Power User
by: Ketxxx
I wouldnt say the card is that fast, assuming its 06 score is with it OCd, its just about topped out. You cant rely on a CPU to give additional horsepower for a final score as very few games use the CPU for much these days, the GPU handles 99% of it. So it wouldnt surprise me if a weaker CPU was deliberately picked to put into the test system.
But the fact of the matter is that cpu has a large impact on 3dMark scores, which is what this test is based on.
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#20
KennyT772
if you look at the screenshots closly you can tell its an amd 64 3000+ at an unknown speed.
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#21
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
by: Wile E
But the fact of the matter is that cpu has a large impact on 3dMark scores, which is what this test is based on.
05 isnt so hugely effected, 06 is more biased tho. the point I was making is in real games, the CPU has very little to do most the time as the GPU handles it.
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#22
wazzledoozle
by: Ketxxx
05 isnt so hugely effected, 06 is more biased tho. the point I was making is in real games, the CPU has very little to do most the time as the GPU handles it.
Thats what I was saying earlier about dual cores, not dual GPU's but CPU's. Next-Gen games need a LOT of cpu power, and 3dmark06 reflects that. This guy tested it on a (presumably) slow, single core athlon 64. Bench the 8600 with an overclocked C2D, or even an Athlon X2 and youd get much better results.
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#23
rikuete
by: tofu
Nice man, caught me before I deleted my post.

I took a second look at the screenshots to make sure, and then WTF!?!? its '06 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
I would have deleted my post too if I knew how
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#24
Protius
that's really nice for the price
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#25
Eric_Cartman
by: Ketxxx
Without that 256bit memory bus the card is already dated.
no it isn't, 128-bit is still perfectly fine for mid-range cards

the 128-bit cards from the next generation outperform the 256-bit cards from last generation most of the time

by: Ketxxx
I wouldnt say the card is that fast, assuming its 06 score is with it OCd, its just about topped out. You cant rely on a CPU to give additional horsepower for a final score as very few games use the CPU for much these days, the GPU handles 99% of it. So it wouldnt surprise me if a weaker CPU was deliberately picked to put into the test system.
nothing suggested the score is with the card overclocked, and what you seem to not understand is they used a weak ass processor with it

which will greatly affect the final score

by: Ketxxx
If the 8600GTS barely has enough grunt for current games to run smoothly, explain to us all again how its going to have enough horsepower to run DX10 :D Admittedly DX10 supposedly brings amazing performance inprovements, but what do you think programmers are going to do with all the extra power? Most likely wittle it away by dumping additional poorly optimized tasks onto the GPU or use the extra power to put yet more details into environments etc, slowing the card down to a crawl, meaning you would need a better card anyway. 128bit memory interface is just totally outdated and only should be used on low end cards like the 8300GT.
who says it barely has enough grunt to run current games?

even with the terrible processor holding it back it still managed to outscore all but the highest end gpus on the market today

a stock 7900gt handles any game on the market today with decent settings, and this thing outscores it even with the terrible cpu

i've seen x1950Pros that could barely break 5000 in 06 even when paired with strong cpus

you can go over to the orb and look at all the x1950Pro scores with single core athlon 64 chips and see only one managed to break 5000 actually
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