Foxconn GeForce 8600GT-256 OC560/1620

The Foxconn GeForce 8600GT-256 OC560/1620

The Foxconn GeForce 8600GT-256 OC560/1620

Foxconn has opted for a rather large two-slot circular cooler that keeps things cool and quiet. Though users should have no complaints about the noise or heat, the drawback is the loss of one expansion slot. Of course, with so many components migrating to the motherboard these days in the form of onboard modules or integrated onto the motherboard, the adjacent expansion slot may not be as crucial as it was previously. As such, many users should have no issues with the larger cooler of the Foxconn for the advantages offered.

A large circular cooler makes this a two-slot card.

What matters more probably is the performance and Foxconn has ensured that its cooler is put to good use by overclocking this GeForce 8600 GT. The core has increased from 540MHz to 580MHz, admittedly a rather small boost, while the memory has gone up by a more respectable amount, from 1400MHz to 1620MHz. Besides the overclocked core and memory, Foxconn seems to have tweaked the shader clock for its 32 stream processors, raising it to 1232MHz from the standard 1190MHz. This minor boost should lead to slightly higher performance numbers against a similarly overclocked GeForce 8600 GT (in terms of core and memory clocks only). We had to run NVIDIA BIOS Editor tool (NiBiTor) to find out the increased shader clocks in the BIOS.

You can get a rough idea how much space the cooler requires from this angle.

The other aspects of the GeForce 8600 GT remain similar to the standard card, with two dual-link DVI outputs and a 9-pin mini-DIN output that can be converted to various outputs with suitable adaptors. Like other NVIDIA mid-range GeForce 8 cards, this Foxconn card has PureVideo HD hardware support, leading to lower CPU utilization for HD video playback for VC-1 and H.264 encoded videos. Unfortunately, there's no indication that Foxconn's GeForce 8600 GT is HDCP compliant and since this not a standard feature on all GeForce 8600 GT cards, we'll have to reserve our judgment on its HD credentials.

Foxconn did not go overboard with the bundled software and accessories, which is understandable given the mid-range category that the GeForce 8600 GT falls within. Here are the items that we found in the package:

  • 2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptors
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component/S-Video
  • User Manual
  • Driver CD
  • RestoreIT 7
  • VirtualDrive Pro 10

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