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XFX 8600 GTS XXX Edition

Price: $220.99


So you don’t like change and dread parting with that old DirectX 9 card that gave you years of solid performance, but it's starting to fall behind the times. Finally, after much debate you decide to move forward and purchase a new DirectX 10 video card, but you really don’t want to spend your whole paycheck on one. You make the decision to purchase a “mainstream” video card that will give you the ability to play upcoming DirectX 10 games and possibly have HD capabilities. One of your choices will be the XFX 8600 GTS XXX Edition. This DirectX 10 video card comes pre-overclocked, has 256Mb of DDR3 memory and is also HDCP and HDTV ready. Your mouth is beginning to water, but before you start to drool, you choose to do a little research.

“XFX is a division of Pine Technologies, which was founded in 1989. Their mission is to take you where their competition would like to, but simply cannot. XFX boasts incredible mind blowing video performance at a price that won’t hurt your pocket.”

Closer Look:

The outer shell of the package has the now infamous XFX Logo of the drooling dog, minus an item that was included on the first lot of packaging, but it is still an eye catcher. The back of the box lists features and after taking off the outer sleeve, a clear plastic cutout reveals the 8600's heat sink.




The face of the card has a new heat sink imprinted with XFX dog tags and, of course, the card has a PCI-E interface. Looking towards the rear upper portion is the input for the 6-pin PCI Express connector. The 8600 has Dual DVI out Connectors and an S-video out.




Included are also an S-Video Cable, Molex to PCI-E converter and a DVI to D-Sub dongle.


  1. Introduction
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  9. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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