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Geforce 8600 GTS - I have one

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April 17, 2007 4:06:15 AM

Before I get slated for being my first post, let me explain.

I live in Thailand, and yesterday while shopping in a place called Panthip Plaza, I was buying some computer parts and they had the NEW (unreleased) GF8600 GTS for 5000 baht (£75). So I bought it.

So I am wondering how come I have purchased such a device before the public release on May 1st....







Ok here you go, sorry but I am not taking out of my case, but you can clearly see the label on the back as well as the box and the driver cd (which was rather basic) but it all came bundled with SpellForce 2 as well as the required leads.

The Driver CD comes with version 101.03 and automatically detects the Card as an 8600 GT
The CD also contains DX9 WDM and muvee maker.

I don't have 3dmark on my computer and with a slow ADSL connection it would take about 2 days to download. So I cannot run that benchmark, but if you know of any "smallish" programs that you would like me to run then link me and I will run them.

Anymore Q's let me know...

TBS

PS - I have also posted this on Anandtech forum as well.

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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2007 4:27:57 AM

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So I am wondering how come I have purchased such a device before the public release on May 1st....


Because tey were sold to the public early, same thing in the US at BestBuy and other sotres.

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PS - I have also posted this on Anandtech forum as well.


Good to know.

If you can tell what RAM is on it (ie GDDR3 or GDDR4) that would be nice.

Try Rivatuner if you wanna play around with it and explore;
http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?page=rivatuner

ATiTool doesn't seem to work with it yet.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2007 4:32:04 AM
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April 17, 2007 4:35:57 AM

When you ask about the RAM - I assume you mean what maniufacturer, rather than me saying GDDR3.

Also since the card is in the case, I assume it would also be covered under the heatsink.

The only writing I can see while looking at it is something like Qimonds. On 2 chips that are just visible.

Unless there is some software that can tell me what it is like CPUZ does with mainboard memory

TBS
April 17, 2007 4:37:07 AM

According to the sticker on the card, in one of those pics - it is GDDR3.

Be interesting to see the results if you could acquire something like 3DMark06. No biggie if you can't, though (results will be popping up over the duration of this week, anyway).
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2007 4:41:01 AM

Yeah, by the pics it's a GT with a 540MHz core GDDR3 clocked at 1.4GHz (effective)
April 17, 2007 4:44:15 AM

PLEASE Post some Benchies..... :D 
April 17, 2007 4:50:46 AM

I am currently downloading 3dmark05 V1.2

it says it will be downloaded in 3 hours... so I will bench it and see what happens.....

:) 

TBS
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2007 5:00:32 AM

Enjoy the card. :D 
April 17, 2007 5:31:33 AM

you might be the first man bought a 8600GT cart at Thailand :lol: 
April 17, 2007 6:26:28 AM

Happy New Graphic Card :D 
for the "First 8600GT Owner" :trophy:
April 17, 2007 6:31:22 AM

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Happy New Graphic Card :D 
for the "First 8600GT Owner" :trophy:


Thanks... but still on only 47% of 3dmark05 @ a rate of 16k a sec.... sigh...
thai internet is so crap :) 

TBS
April 17, 2007 7:26:52 AM

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Happy New Graphic Card :D 
for the "First 8600GT Owner" :trophy:


Thanks... but still on only 47% of 3dmark05 @ a rate of 16k a sec.... sigh...
thai internet is so crap :) 

TBS

Go on :-)
April 17, 2007 7:59:11 AM

Can't wait for 3d Mark 05, great spotting :D 
April 17, 2007 9:08:50 AM

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Thanks... but still on only 47% of 3dmark05 @ a rate of 16k a sec.... sigh...
that internet is so crap :) 

Crap you say?? 8O
that internet is 8x~9x faster than mine :oops: 
April 17, 2007 9:15:37 AM

I thought that there are very cheap and fast ways how to connect to the internet in asia..well, in taiwan china etc.. anyway, how much do you pay for that dsl? I pay ummm...35$ monthly for 2560/256 (cable)..sorry for off topic, just for comparison :-)
April 17, 2007 9:20:49 AM

currently i have 512/256 @ 700 baht (about $20) a month. But the contention ratio here is about 5000:1 so its crap.

With upto date news on downloading 3dmark, the net cut off and it wouldnt resume.... so have had to start again. The network in Thailand is completely useless, no investment at all... so its atrocious.

Currently 1h40 until download completes @ 30k a sec

Sigh... i missed going to the beach for this... haha

TBS
April 17, 2007 12:05:56 PM

Ok here are the 2 results

3dMark05 V1.3

CPU 6300 @ 1.86Ghz
1GB DDR-2

Default - (no AA) 1024 = 8590
4AA 8AF = 6970

TBS
April 17, 2007 1:57:24 PM

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Default - (no AA) 1024 = 8521

Damn...
that's too low! 8O 8O
my previews OC'ed 7800GT got 8000 in 3DMark05 8O 8O
are you sure that you use 3DMark05 :?:
seems OK for 3DMark06 but for 2005 it's too low for a GeForce8 Series.
April 17, 2007 2:01:07 PM

All I did was installed it, and ran it.

After running it twice - it went up a few more points, but thats what I got.

3D Mark 05 - V 1.3

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Driver 6.14.11.102

Description NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Manufacturer NVIDIA
Total Local Video Memory 256 MB
Total Local Texture Memory 624 MB
AGP Aperture Size 0 B
Driver File nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version 6.14.11.102
Driver Date 3-22-2007
Driver WHQL Certified false
Max Texture Width 8192 px
Max Texture Height 8192 px
Max User Clipping Planes 6

Maybe the driver? There is a newer one out there, I will try that and see how that goes.

TBS

Read - http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=6943
April 17, 2007 2:30:53 PM

hey man congrats on your purchase, i highly suggest overclocking to gts levels though just so you can keep up for longer. By no means is the 8600gt a bad card though its an excellent performer in its price range. If you overclock it to gts levels or higher though you can definately get your money's worth because you can run oblivion at max settings 1280x1024 w/o aa or af and get decent framerates.
April 18, 2007 1:39:27 AM

Both test are interesting.
Guru3d shows 8600gts i often catched up by 7900gs (150$)
Hardocp show 8600gts performs at similar rate as 1950 pro and even beter because it can play games with extra details - Oblivion is a good test to campare cards, same for STALKER.

I think these cards have some power left - Nvidia must produce more juce from its drivers.

Anyway i play Stalker with a BFG 8800GTS OC 320MB edition and it delievrs very smooth gameplay.
8600GT/GTS are to expensive for now, wait till they'll be avaible for 160-170(max)$ as 8800 GTS 320MB are getting cheaper and more affordable.

Btw gf 8500 looks like it will perform like a gf 6600 gt
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2007 2:08:26 AM

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Damn...
that's too low!
my previews OC'ed 7800GT got 8000 in 3DMark05
are you sure that you use 3DMark05
seems OK for 3DMark06 but for 2005 it's too low for a GeForce8 Series.


He has a GT not a GTS. Huge clock speed difference.
April 18, 2007 6:40:05 AM

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He has a GT not a GTS. Huge clock speed difference.

Damn!
Then the score is right.
Sorry, my bad :tongue: :oops:  :oops: 
April 18, 2007 2:10:19 PM

Just updated drivers and gone upto 8817 score

so thats 300 points more from new driver

TBS
April 18, 2007 3:23:00 PM

There's also several volt mods,intresting how that will define it.Nice new toy,congrats :D  gl.
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