Sparkle 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 HDTV Dual DVI-I PCI-E - £72.02 - HotUKDeals
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NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 graphics processing units (GPUs) are loaded with advanced 3D graphic and video features as well as full support for NVIDIA® SLI technology and Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0. GeForce 8600 GPUs deliver a premium Microsoft® Windows Vista experience, enhanced visual quality, cool gaming effects, and home theater-quality video with NVIDIA® PureVideo technology.

Interface Type:- PCI Express
Chipset:- nVidia 8600GT
Memory Clock Speed:- 1400Mhz
Core Clock Speed:- 540Mhz
Memory:- 256MB
DX Supported:- DX10
Monitor Connectivity:- 2 x DVI-I
TV/HD Output:- 1 x S-Video HDTV
Cooling:- Fan
PSU Requirements:- 400Watt
Multi Card Support:- SLI Capable

if you are planning on playing new DX10 games such as stalker in all its glory this will be the perfect card if you are on a budget

£82.02 inc VAT and save £10 by using Google Checkout = 72.02
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This won't run stalker "in all it's glory".
Better off waiting till May for the ATI releases of the r600 and lesser counterparts.
This won't run stalker "in all it's glory".
Better off waiting till May for the ATI releases of the r600 and lesser counterparts.

well i take it you are an AMD/ATI fanboy but a deal is a deal and this good runs Stalker very well at 1024x768 resolutions with high settings
Nope just the guy that realises that competition will mean price drops to remain competitive. No point splashing out now when you might be able to get a better card in a month for the same money. There isn't exactly a huge call for DX10 right now anyway, and the older gen cards still beat these by a mile. Also would you quit using 3Dmark as your example? It's the ONLY test that shows the 8600 as any better and I can't see people having much fun playing 3DMark06 all day can you?
All the real life tests indicate your better off with the 7950GT or better yet go for a x1950pro that beats em all.
ok i take your opinion but this post isn't aimed at someone buying a Graphics card in a months time, this is aimed at someone looking for a bargain today and forgetting the dx10 capability of this card if you can find a 7950gt or a x1950pro for £72.02 or less id suggest you post but i very much doubt you can or will. just to mention the 3d mark benchmark is just an example for those looking at which cards in the old series compare with the new series in the Nvidia Geforce range
Nice card for HD/Bluray playback if it's fanless and has HDMI. I've got a 7600GS and it does tend to stutter a bit in some BD titles. I know, I know, buy a PS3 etc.....
No HDMI just s-video.
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Nice card for HD/Bluray playback if it's fanless and has HDMI. I've got a 7600GS and it does tend to stutter a bit in some BD titles. I know, I know, buy a PS3 etc.....

the stutter during hd playback is a known problem with vista due to all the anti copy protection macros running in the background constantly checking for such bootlegging devices.
First test on the 8600GT at PcPro for anyone interested:
The R600 is now known as the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT. I wouldn't wait around for it as it has been delayed so many times now and AMD(ATI) are in some serious financial trouble right now. Also, one card is going to draw around 230W from your Power Supply. Run two of them in Crossfire and you have a cooking Power Supply.

The best bang for buck is the 8600GTS which is 1/3 of the 8800GTX and 70% of the power. The 8600GT is no way near the 8600GTS in terms of price/performance. Gets wiped off the floor with the 7900GS and X1950 Pro.

Apart from Crysis and till companies sort out the poor drivers with Vista, I would stick with DX9.
Tech Report's review of the 8600GT and 8600GTS is good.

Basically: 8600GT is a reasonable buy compared to the competition, but don't get an 8600GTS because an X1950 is better, or for $60 more you can get an 8800 GTS 320 with 2x the performance.

"the GeForce 8600 GT is without question a nice advance over the two incumbent offerings in its price class, the GeForce 7600 GT and Radeon X1650 XT. The 8600 GT we tested is a hopped-up version from XFX that's clocked somewhat higher than stock and lists for $169. Nevertheless, this card so decisively outperformed the two DX9 cards that there's no doubt the $149 stock-clocked version of the 8600 GT is the best option at $149."

i.e., for £72 you're getting a good deal compared to the US price (about $122 adjusting for tax and exchange rate).

"The GeForce 8600 GTS is a very good product, but it's fighting above its natural weight class when it takes on the these competitors, both of which have 256-bit paths to memory. The 8600 GTS variant we tested did largely hold its own against the Radeon X1950 Pro in terms of performance, even scoring clear victories in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and 3DMark06, but the X1950 Pro had an edge overall. That's true even though we used the "overclocked in the box" version of the 8600 GTS from XFX, a card that lists for $239. The Radeon X1950 Pro can be had for around $179 at online vendors"
Should also say that nVidia still have continuing issues with their Vista drivers in some games and on 64-bit Vista especially, unlike AMD. Of course these will get sorted out sooner rather than later.

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