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Gigabyte 8600 GT

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August 2, 2008 11:52:52 AM

Hello all,
I have the chance to get a 8600 GT with a discount,so I wonder if I should buy this videocard.I´m a ocasional player so I don´t want a top videocard,but neither a low end!My processor is a Intel Dual Core 2.4 Ghz and I have 2 GB ram.So is this videocard OK?I don´t want to spend more money on a 8800 GT or 9600 GT,so don´t argue"For a bit more meoney buy the 8800 GT".I just want to get some feedback from owners and others that know this videocard!

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August 2, 2008 12:12:05 PM

It really is not a good card for gaming at all. It doesn't matter if you game one hour a week or 40 hours a week, because unplayable gamneplay.....well.....sucks!

Unless you are getting it for like $10 don't bother. Save your money and get an 8800GT for $100 on ebay or a new 9600GSO from Newegg for $90.

And you should not just listen to people who own 8600gt's because most of the people who bought that card "FOR GAMING" are most likely not in the best position to tell you what to buy. (Nothing against people buying 8600gt, but only for mainstream/non gaming use).
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2008 12:23:29 PM

Depends on the games. For WoW and basic games, it works. For Crysis and COD4, forget it.
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August 2, 2008 12:39:31 PM

Yeah, "runswindows" has a good point, for mmo's and some less demanding games it will give you basic performace (still not great) but will work. But titles like Grid, Crysis, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, Oblivion....Etc, it will not work.
August 2, 2008 1:09:10 PM

And how about a ATI HD 3850?Is it much better,or no?
August 2, 2008 1:15:42 PM

i had one and i could play COD4 with everything max without AA at 1280x1024 and it worked just fine. It is a good gaming card for the money. you can play almost every game in 1280x1024 max out. and you can compare crysis with anithing on the market, that game is not a good reference.
August 2, 2008 1:22:15 PM

a 3850 would be significantly better. when ati released that card, nvidia had to lower the prices on the 8600 cards because they were priced way too high compared to the 3850. the 8600GT is comparable in performance to the 7600GT, which by today's standards is terrible. unless you're playing really old games or only WoW, get at least a 3850, or your gaming experience will not be an enjoyable one.
August 2, 2008 4:06:34 PM

any of those you can get is a good buy to me given your gaming needs. but if you go for the 8600 look for the DDR3 model.
August 2, 2008 5:28:37 PM

Guys,
It is a 8600 GT 256 mb DDR3,not DDR2 . Do you still think that videocard is pure trash?
August 2, 2008 5:53:51 PM

For any serious gaming yes it is trash. +1 for the 3850.
a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2008 6:02:46 PM

Depends on price and what you use it for, also depends what power supply you have installed. Often if you upgrade past the 8600GT you also have to upgrade your power supply. Good price on a 8600GTS 256 DDR3 $54 no rebate involved (you can use as a benchmark)
http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-NVIDIA-GeForce-8600-GTS-D...
August 2, 2008 6:25:31 PM

My power supply is a NOX 600 Watts,so I won´t need to upgrade it,I think
August 2, 2008 8:24:51 PM

You wont need to upgrade your PSU, but that card serious sucks +1 for the 3850
August 4, 2008 2:54:47 AM

i have the 8600gtxxx version so it's overclocked a lot and i still don't really like it.

runs crysis on medium at mostly playable framerates.
cod4 i get ~30-40 fps at 1440x900 with all the extra settings/AA OFF


recommend a different card, unless you're paying like 50 dollars for the 8600
August 4, 2008 2:08:08 PM

which games do you play?
August 4, 2008 2:29:45 PM

+1 For the 3850.

In most games (The ones that didnt required SM3 ofc) a 8600GT will have the same performance than the OLD X850 XT.

Ive played for a few days with a friend in a lan. The rigs were similar in RAM. the differences were:

Intel Q6600 (stock)
Nvidia 8600GT

AMD 4800+ X2 (stock)
Ati Radeon X850XT

We played crysis at medium with decent frame rates. On the rest of the games, we were more or so equal. On quality/fps rates. An advice, run away from 128 Bit Bus cards. pick only 256 Bit or above.

January 29, 2009 11:45:36 AM

helios2052 said:
Yeah, "runswindows" has a good point, for mmo's and some less demanding games it will give you basic performace (still not great) but will work. But titles like Grid, Crysis, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, Oblivion....Etc, it will not work.



i got an 8600 gt from gigabyte. i bought it because it is a silent videocard and i'm not a hardcore gamer. However i installed GRID and CRYSIS and GTA IV....and all games run smooth in lower settings. so if you don't care about the grpahics being astonishing this grpahicscard is just fine....

i have a core2duo at 2.66ghz , 4gb intern memory, and windows vista installed
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