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PNY GeForce 8600GT 512MB Review



To test the PNY 8600GT video card I'll be running it through an extremely tough series of gaming benchmarks and real-world games. This card will be pushed to the limit and we will see just how well it performs. I'm going to have two other 8600GTs for comparison. Most tests are looking for the highest frames per second (FPS). Higher is better in all tests. Let's stop talking and start benching!

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo at 2.4GHz
  • Motherboard: Abit IN9-32 Max
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB OCZ Reaper PC2-9200  5-5-5-18
  • Video Card: PNY 8600 GT 512MB Overclocked
  • Power Supply: CoolerMaster 750w Power supply
  • Hard Drive: WD 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s
  • Opticals: Sony SATA DVD Burner
  • O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Comparison Card 1: Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT
  • Comparison Card 2:  XFX 8600GT Fatal1ty


Gaming BenchMarks:

  • Far Cry
  • F.E.A.R.
  • BioShock
  • Call of Duty II
  • Quake 4
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted
  • 3DMark06
  • RyderMark


Far Cry:

First up is an older first person shooter named Far Cry. I always like to start with this game to be able to compare it against older video cards since this game has been around for quite some time.

I will be using the Hardware OC Benchmarking Utility version 1.8 with the following settings:

  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Anti-aliasing: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled



Seems like the XFX 8600GT the card that will be the main competition for the PNY 8600GT.

  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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