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GeForce 8600: DirectX 10 For The Masses

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s)Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe2.93 GHz, 1,066 MHz FSB, 32kB+32kB L1 , 4 MB L2
PlatformEVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR, LGA 775NVIDIA nForce 680i SLIIntel D975XBX, LGA 775Intel 975X Express Chipset
RAMCorsair CM2X1024-9136C5D2x 1024 MB DDR2 @ 800 MHz (CL5-5-5-15)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150
NetworkingnForce4 Gigabit Ethernet (Nvidia), Intel 82573E/82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Intel)
Graphics Cards
AMD / ATI Based CardsATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4580 MHz Core700 MHz Memory (1.40 GHz DDR)Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro Ultimate 256 MB GDDR3580 MHz Core800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)
Nvidia Based CardsEVGA GeForce 8600GTS 256 MB GDDR3675 MHz Core1.45 GHz Streaming Processor1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)Sparkle GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB GDDR3540 MHz Core1.19 GHz Streaming Processor700 MHz Memory (1.40 GHz DDR)EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX KO 768 MB GDDR3626 MHz Core1.45 GHz Streaming Processor1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MB GDDR3575 MHz Core1.35 GHz Streaming Processor900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTS ONOC 640 MB GDDR3575 MHz Core1.20 GHz Streaming Processor900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB GDDR3500 MHz Core1.20 GHz Streaming Processor800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC 320 MB GDDR3550 MHz Core1.30 GHz Streaming Processor800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MB GDDR3675 MHz Core820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W
CPU CoolerZalman CNPS9700 LED
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics Driver(s)ATI - Catalyst 7.3 WHQLNVIDIA - Forceware 93.71 (7900 GTX)NVIDIA - Forceware 97.92 (8800 GTX & GTS)NVIDIA - Forceware 158.16 (8600 GTS & GT)