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XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty Review

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Through the extensive testing of the XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty, one thing remains clear: this card can hold its own in its class.  It is not the best card out there, however, but this can be expected as the 8600 series of cards is a mid-level card designed by nVidia. The Fatal1ty does very well in the GT class, but begins to pale in comparision to the GTS and 8800 series cards.  This card defiantly warrants a look, especially if you own a lower resolution monitor (1024x768 or 1280x1024) and are looking to get the chance to see some of the DirectX 10 goodies. As the resolutions are ramped up, however, this card could reach an unplayable framerate with the newer games on their high quality settings. Also, with PureVideo HD onboard, this card will help out the MPEG video decoding process if your aim is to make a future proof (because of HDCP) HD HTPC.

Another nice feature of the XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty is its passive cooling solution. This allows for no additional noise to be added to the system and for your games to be heard more clearly. The unique design also allows the video card to only take up one expansion slot in your case and motherboard, which is another added bonus.

All in all, this card preformed well for what it was supposed to do.  The install is no more difficult than any other PCI-E video card, and it pumps out some very nice results.  The XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty is defiantly worth a look in your next build.



  • DirectX 10
  • Passive Cooling
  • HDCP Ready
  • SLI Ready
  • 128-bit HDR
  • nVidia Pure Video HD



  • Wont get you the most FPS
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