For this comparison, we used a system based on Intel's Core 2 Duo E6700 processor and its D975XBX 'Bad Axe' motherboard. This configuration was supplemented with 2GB of low latency Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 memory modules running in dual channel mode. A Seagate 7200.7 SATA hard drive completed the system, on which we had installed Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c.
With no DirectX 10 applications so far, we naturally tested all the GeForce 8600 GTS on older games and benchmarks. The different clock speeds of the cards are listed below, along with the recommended local retail prices where possible.
|Graphics Card||Core Clock||Memory Clock||Price|
|Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||675MHz||2000MHz DDR||US$194|
|ASUS EN8600GTS TOP||745MHz||2290MHz DDR||S$409|
|Chaintech GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||745MHz||2200MHz DDR||~ S$340|
|ECS GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||675MHz||2000MHz DDR||Not Available|
|Foxconn GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||675MHz||2000MHz DDR||~ US$189|
|Gainward Bliss 8600 GTS PCX Golden Sample||725MHz||2200MHz DDR||Not Available|
|Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H||685MHz||2100MHz DDR||S$349|
|Leadtek WinFast PX86000 GTS TDH||675MHz||2000MHz DDR||S$339|
|MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC||700MHz||2100MHz DDR||S$375 (or US$199)|
|Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||729MHz||2214MHz DDR||S$340|
|XFX GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB XXX Edition||730MHz||2260MHz DDR||S$399|
|XpertVision GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB||675MHz||2000MHz DDR||S$339|
All the cards were tested with ForceWare 158.16 drivers (which is exactly similar in performance to that of the current ForceWare 158.19 driver set available for end-user download) and the following benchmarks were used:-