Touted as the next great thing for PC gaming, DirectX 10 games have been slow to appear in retail for a variety of reasons. Leadtek has seized upon one of the earlier such games to be released, Lost Planet and hopes to use it to attract consumers to its GeForce 8600 GT.
Tweaking your graphics cards is now as simple as turning a knob with ASUS' OC Gear edition of the GeForce 8600 GT. We tried our hand at fiddling with this new product and here's what we found.
Equipped with a large custom cooler, the X-Turbo II, GeCube's latest Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card comes with 256MB of GDDR4 memory and seeks to impress us with improved cooling. Is it able to topple the excellent cooler on the reference model?
MSI has decided to release a Diamond Plus edition of the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB, featuring a custom cooler and HDMI output.
XpertVision's Sonic editions have always been interesting for its above average performance. This formula was replicated once more for the new Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 and we were eager to find out if this card can match the reference GDDR4 version.
Following the exciting and costly Fatal1ty edition of the GeForce 8600 GT, we now turn to another passively cooled GeForce 8600 GT, the ASUS EN8600GT Silent. While it is not overclocked out of the box, does it still measure up to the competition then? We'll find out in this review.
Top gamer Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel has lent his name to quite a few products, including a line of graphics cards from XFX. This series is now into its second incarnation, with XFX updating the GPU to the new mainstream GeForce 8600 GT. Does it annihilate the opposition like the real player himself?
Leading the charge for ATI in the mainstream DirectX 10 graphics card segment is its new Radeon HD 2600 XT, equipped with 256MB of GDDR4 memory. Is that sufficient against NVIDIA and its GeForce 8600 series? Find out as we take the Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 XT apart in this review.
After the disappointing performance numbers of the budget Radeon HD 2400 XT, we move up the ladder to the mid-range Radeon HD 2600 series with an overclocked version of the Radeon HD 2600 PRO from Sapphire.
Joining in the fray for mainstream DirectX 10 graphics cards is ATI, which follows up its high-end R600 launch with two new series based on a different 65nm core. Read on to find how the budget oriented Radeon HD 2400 XT fares in our benchmarks.