Biostar 8600 GTS 512 MB GDDR3 Review 9

Biostar 8600 GTS 512 MB GDDR3 Review

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Biostar is one of the few manufacturers to make a GeForce 8600 GTS card that comes with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory - the NVIDIA reference design uses 256 MB. Biostar has made themselves a name among overclockers when they released the V-Ranger Series of video cards that allows extensive tweaking of core and memory voltage on GeForce cards. The card we test here does not have the V-Range feature.

Other than increasing the memory size, Biostar has also performed some minor adjustments to the PCB, mainly to reduce the price of the board, without compromising quality. The NVIDIA stock cooler has also been exchanged for a Biostar solution.

HD 2400 Pro
HD 2400 XT
8500 GT
8600 GT
8600 GTS
8600 GTS
HD 2600 XT
Shader units 404016323232120
ROPs4 x2 4 x2 48884 x2
Transistors180 M 180 M 210M289M289M289M390 M
Memory Size256 MB256 MB256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 512 MB 256 MB
Memory Bus Width 64 bit 64 bit 128 bit 128 bit 128 bit 128 bit 128 bit
Core Clock525 MHz 700 MHz 450 MHz 540 MHz 675 MHz 675 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Clock400 MHz 800 MHz 400 MHz 700 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1100 MHz

Complete Specifications

NVIDIA® Unified Architecture
  • Unified shader architecture
  • GigaThread™ technology
  • Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 10
  • Geometry shaders
  • Geometry instancing
  • Streamed output
  • Shader Model 4.0
  • Full 128-bit floating point precision through the entire rendering pipeline
NVIDIA Lumenex™ Engine
  • 16x full screen anti-aliasing
  • Transparent multisampling and transparent supersampling
  • 16x angle independent anisotropic filtering
  • 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting with anti-aliasing
  • 32-bit per component floating point texture filtering and blending
  • Advanced lossless compression algorithms for color, texture, and z-data
  • Support for normal map compression
  • Z-cull
  • Early-Z
NVIDIA Quantum Effects™ Technology
  • Advanced shader processors architected for physics computation
  • Simulate and render physics effects on the graphics processor
NVIDIA SLI™ Technology
  • Patented hardware and software technology allows two GeForce-based graphics cards to run in parallel to scale performance and enhance image quality on today's top titles.
NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD Technology2
  • Dedicated on-chip video processor
  • High-definition H.264, VC-1, MPEG2 and WMV9 decode acceleration
  • Advanced spatial-temporal de-interlacing
  • HDCP capable3
  • Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing
  • Noise Reduction
  • Edge Enhancement
  • Bad Edit Correction
  • Inverse telecine (2:2 and 3:2 pull-down correction)
  • High-quality scaling
  • Video color correction
  • Microsoft® Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) support
Advanced Display Functionality
  • Two dual-link DVI outputs for digital flat panel display resolutions up to 2560x1600
  • One dual-link DVI outputs for digital flat panel display resolutions up to 2560x16004
  • Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs for analog display resolutions up to and including 2048x1536 at 85Hz
  • Integrated HDTV encoder provides analog TV-output (Component/Composite/S-Video) up to 1080i resolution
  • NVIDIA nView® multi-display technology capability
  • 10-bit display processing
Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™
  • Full DirectX 10 support
  • Dedicated graphics processor powers the new Windows Vista Aero 3D user interface
  • VMR-based video architecture
High Speed Interfaces
  • Designed for PCI Express® x16
  • Designed for high-speed GDDR3 and DDR2 memory
Operating Systems
  • Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Windows XP/Windows XP 64
  • Linux
API Support
  • Complete DirectX support, including Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0
  • Full OpenGL® support, including OpenGL 2.0
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