Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT Video Card Reviewccokeman -
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Once the card is freed from the confines of the box and anti-static bag, the idea behind this card becomes a little clearer. It features a large, passively-cooled heatsink on the front face. The heatsink is held on the card by a plastic bracket using just four attaching points. The attaching points for the monitors and SLI bridge are covered with protective caps to prevent any damage or intrusion of unwanted substances. One thing you will notice is that the card does not use any external plugs to connect power the card.
The Silent-Pipe II heatpipe cooling solution is clearly visible showing the distribution method used to carry the heat load away from the graphics core. The connections for the monitors are DVI with an S-Video connection thrown in to make the connection to the television via the included dongle.
Speaking of the dongle, here are some photos of the aforementioned bundled accessories.