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PNY GeForce 8600GT 512MB Review



So what can we conclude about the PNY 8600GT 512MB Overclocked video card? It clearly showed that it's a mainstream card that was run-of-the-mill. It did do marginally better than the Gigabyte 8600GT, but it wasn’t quite as good as the XFX 8600GT Fatal1ty. I was happy to see that the card didn’t buckle at high resolutions because I usually play my games at 1680x1050. The PNY 8600GT was easy to install and setup, so that was a plus. The card supports the new DirectX 10 technology and in addition, plays  graphically challenging games such as BioShock at playable frame rates. However, I wouldn’t recommend the PNY card over the Gigabyte 8600GT because the price is over $70 more expensive and it’s only slightly better than the Gigabyte card. The price is what holds this PNY 8600GT back but if you can hunt around to find a price that is more reasonable than the one listed on PNY’s website, you won’t regret this mainstream video card.



  • DirectX 10
  • 512MB Onboard Memory
  • Overclocked
  • Easy to Install and Configure



  • Average Performance
  • Non-competitive price


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing (Setup and Benchmarking: Far Cry)
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: BioShock
  7. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  8. Benchmark: Quake 4
  9. Benchmark: Need for Speed Most Wanted
  10. Benchmark: 3DMark06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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