Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT Video Card Reviewccokeman -
Category: Video Cards
Price: $118.99 USD
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Trying to get the right video card for the system you are building? Can't figure out where to go or what to buy? Amazed at the many choices on the market? You are not alone in that search. There are a couple of schools of thought when it comes time to purchase a graphics card. There is the all-out-top-of-the-line-gotta-have-it-gamer that will take nothing less than the top of the line card, regardless of the price. Then there is the more cautious approach where some thought takes place; what is really needed and will do the job instead of just going for the cheapest card around. Many times this leads to disappointment for the end user when the graphics quality just is not there. The Gigabyte 8600GT is neither a high end card or by any means a low end card, but it falls somewhere closer to the top than the bottom end of the scale. This Gigabyte 8600GT is a PCI Express x16 video card that features Silent-Pipe II Technology for its cooling needs, has 256MB of GDDR3 memory, is DirextX 10 ready, supports HDCP technology, is SLI ready, and last but not least supports HDTV output.
"Gigabyte, one of the most well known IT brands in the industry, started as a motherboard technology laboratory with the passion of a few young engineers over two decades ago. With the vision and insights of the market, Gigabyte has become one of the world's largest motherboard manufacturers. On top of motherboards and graphics accelerators, Gigabyte has further expanded its portfolio to include notebook and desktop PC's, digital home entertainment appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices. Gigabyte has risen from an eight man office to a world class enterprise in the IT indusrty."
The packaging that arrived felt much heavier than any of the mid-ranged cards I have ever used. This was surprising and just by the weight I felt that the wrong card may have been shipped. But alas it was the right card. This is the Supreme Commander Version of Gigabyte's 8600GT series of video cards. The box illustrates the fact that the game is included as part of the bundle of sofware for this card. The rear of the package shows the features and highlights the Silent-Pipe II technology used to cool the gpu.
Once inside the box, I was greeted by yet another box; this one jet black without writing on any of the panels. Once inside, the bundle of software and the manual sit on top of the foam the video card is enclosed in. The hardware bundle includes two DVI-to-D-Sub adapters, as well as an S-Video-to-Composite dongle for connections to a television. The card ifself was sealed in an anti-static bag and placed securely in a foam enclosure, protecting the card on all four sides. This method is much more forgiving than just a plastic clamshell.