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GeForce 8600GT (256MB) vs Geforce 7600GS (512MB)

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June 29, 2007 3:54:26 PM

Hi, first of all congratulations for the great forum.

My questions is: What Graphics Cards is better GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 or GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2?

Thanks for all. And sorry for my English. Bye!

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June 29, 2007 4:33:25 PM

To give you an idea, here is a comparison between the 8600GT and 7600GT:8600GT v 7600GT. In most cases the 7600GT wins or comes close in performance. Based on that you could assume that the 7600GS would be equal or slightly inferior to the 8600GT. If you could spare the money, an 8600GTS or X1950 would be better options for only a little more money. That's only the case if your PSU can support either of the cards I mentioned.
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June 29, 2007 6:11:20 PM

Yeah I agree.

And while I would say that even GF8600GT versus GF7600GT I would recommend the GF8600GT for a longer term build, I would suggest like lost&w mentioned that you check out the value of other options. If you're PSU constrained then I'd actually suggest the GF7900GS which is a little less power demanding than the X1950Pro. If your PSU could handle it though then the X1950Pro is the best performance value.

But of the ones you listed I'd prefer the GF8600GT just because it's stronger in general, and then in truely grueling games like Oblivion it jumps ahead. Considering that you want a max playable situation rather than just which one does better between 150fps and 140fps, I'd say the GF8600GT makes more sense than the GF7600GS if they're near the same price. But be sure to look at the GF7900GS and X1950Pro options before you buy.
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June 29, 2007 6:23:42 PM

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To give you an idea, here is a comparison between the 8600GT and 7600GT:8600GT v 7600GT. In most cases the 7600GT wins or comes close in performance. Based on that you could assume that the 7600GS would be equal or slightly inferior to the 8600GT. If you could spare the money, an 8600GTS or X1950 would be better options for only a little more money. That's only the case if your PSU can support either of the cards I mentioned.


On the contrary, this review shows that the 8600GT is superior in all tests to the 7600GT.

I believe Legion Hardware had driver problems, and that's why their 8600GT didn't perform as well.

If I were you, I'd go for the 8600GT, which is only $99 on Newegg.
June 30, 2007 5:38:11 AM

8600gt is a great overclocker.... get it then same or even better than the stock 8600gts because they r the same build card
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June 30, 2007 6:17:32 AM

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8600gt is a great overclocker.... get it then same or even better than the stock 8600gts because they r the same build card


I haven't found that to be the case. There's NO WAY I could get my RAM up to the 2000MHz of the GTS. I can get an extra 80-90 MHz on the GPU and RAM. Mine, admittedly, is fanless, but it has a large fan blowing on it which should offset the lack of on-card fan. Even if there was a fan on the card, it could NEVER reach 2000MHz on the RAM.

That being said, I still recommend the 8600GT if you are in the $100 price range. More than $100 and I like the X1950XT, $150 after MIR at newegg.com. For $200 there's nothing, really. $260 gets into 8800GTS 320MB territory.
June 30, 2007 7:11:50 AM

I was surprised at how well it does in Oblivion. If Nvidia comes out with that hybrid SLI chipset, it might be worth it to get an 8600GT to work alongside the onboard DX10 GPU.
June 30, 2007 7:18:45 AM

I would go with the 8600GT(I have one myself). This will hold me over till I see what's next to fill the gap in the Nvidia line between the 8600GTS and 8800GTS. It might be in just a couple months, I found this earlier:

http://www.vr-zone.com/index.php?i=5092
June 30, 2007 8:55:56 AM

get a 1950pro, the cheapest one is $110 after MIR, people say it isn't adequately cooled but i had the same card in a SFF lanparty case for 2 years never over heated once, at $110 it is only $20 more than what that guy said for the 8600GT but the performance gap is HUGE.
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June 30, 2007 9:25:39 AM

Yes, the X1950pro is also a good choice. It does well in a few older games, although it's performance in newer games (STALKER, Oblivion, ect) isn't better than the 8600s. I'd still take the 8600 for it's UVD/DX10 benefits.
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