XFX 8600GT XXX Edition 256MB DDR3 Zalman heatsink Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £50 - HotUKDeals
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Model - 8600GT
Memory - 256MB DDR3
Cooling - Zalman heatsink and fan
Clock rate - 680MHz
Memory clock - 1.6GHz
Shader clock - 1486MHz
Memory bus - 128bit
Output - Dual DVI, HDTV Out
Product Description XFX GeForce 8600 GT - graphics adapter - GF 8600 GT - 256 MB
Device Type Graphics adapter
Interface Type PCI Express x16
Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Core Clock Speed 680 MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed 400 MHz
API Supported OpenGL 2.0, DirectX 10
Video Memory Installed ( Max ) 256 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM
Video Output 2560 x 1600
Max Monitors Supported 2
TV Interface HDTV out
HDCP compatible Yes
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#1
XXX, does it come with porn? :whistling:
#2
Considering the other cards available out there, the 8600 is a bit of a dud, was never much of a performer, and didn't build upon much on its predecessor (7600).

Shame really.
#3
Cannot agree with that at all muddyfox470, the 8600GT is THE budget card of choice around the £50 mark - unless you know better?? Powerful enough to play recent games without the need in investing in a top notch PSU to run it and pretty quiet to boot.
#4
I bought mine ages ago for £125 and had to upgrade a few months back to an 8800, it just isn't up to it.

Worth £50 though. Will play UT3 (and its various incarnations like Gears of War) on max settings and Crysis on medium at a push.
#5
Decent deal for what you're getting. :)
#6
plus the added of a zalman cooler and overclocked core of 680MHz... i think standard is 540Mhz or something?
#7
Nox1
plus the added of a zalman cooler and overclocked core of 680MHz... i think standard is 540Mhz or something?


Yeah, standard is 540 for core and 800 for memory.
#8
Probably the best buy in this price bracket, nice find!
#9
Hi

I currently have a ati radeon x600 pro 256mb card in mine (i know it is ancient now). The pc is a hp m7061.uk. would it be worthwhile replacing the graphics card for this one ?
Any major difference ?
#10
I'd buy this from Novatech:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-86GT5

Dual DVI and rather fabulous. I can't remember what actual brand it is but whatever brand it's the 'special' version with a Zalman (style?) cooler.

I have two of these in seperate PC's. Very good gaming performance and pretty good at 2D work. Quiet too.
#11
Quick question: would this outperform a 7950GT, my PC seems to be crashing quite a bit, and I was thinking it's the video card.
#12
Dellboy
I'd buy this from Novatech:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-86GT5

Dual DVI and rather fabulous. I can't remember what actual brand it is but whatever brand it's the 'special' version with a Zalman (style?) cooler.

I have two of these in seperate PC's. Very good gaming performance and pretty good at 2D work. Quiet too.


Twice the memory too! Submit that as a deal its hot!
#13
HOT HOT HOT

this is an amazing deal!xfx lifetime warrenty . so if it brake sina year they'll give you a 9600 instead . amazing cooler (zalman) really good card for the £50 HOT HOT HOT
#14
riyaz_7
Hi

I currently have a ati radeon x600 pro 256mb card in mine (i know it is ancient now). The pc is a hp m7061.uk. would it be worthwhile replacing the graphics card for this one ?
Any major difference ?


Its a much better card than your current one, it'd give you a nice performance boost indeed. Go for the Novatech one though, better value for money.

robcawsey
Quick question: would this outperform a 7950GT, my PC seems to be crashing quite a bit, and I was thinking it's the video card.


Not sure it'd be a huge upgrade, just trying to find out now.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/486/13/

Probably a little slower infact.
#15
robcawsey
Quick question: would this outperform a 7950GT, my PC seems to be crashing quite a bit, and I was thinking it's the video card.


It would perform worse.

As for the item,

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135726

Thats over twice as good as good but is 50% more expensive.
#16
ghost101
It would perform worse.

As for the item,

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135726

Thats over twice as good as good but is 50% more expensive.


Yeah thats the next step up, but then you can get an 8800GT for another £25 on top of that (around £100) and then an 8800GTS 512MB for £135. It starts to spiral out of control.

More info on the OP's card here:

http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/listConfigurationDetails.jspa?series=GeForce%26trade%3B+8600&productConfigurationId=1645986
#17
Dellboy
I'd buy this from Novatech:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-86GT5

Dual DVI and rather fabulous. I can't remember what actual brand it is but whatever brand it's the 'special' version with a Zalman (style?) cooler.

I have two of these in seperate PC's. Very good gaming performance and pretty good at 2D work. Quiet too.


Despite it having more RAM it would perform worse than the OPs because it is only DDR2 RAM (so less throughput for textures etc) and it isn't pre-overclocked, so out of the box you would notice a fair bit of difference.

As for the guy wanting to compare it to a 7950GT, it would be a lot of a downgrade, the only upgrade would be the fact that this adds DirectX10 which it does so poorly - its underpowered for DX10 games anyway.
#18
Sorry I am not very technical but would this definietly work with my pc ? Hpm7061.uk

I think my curent graphics card is not pci express.

i dont want to end up buying on then find out it dont fit !

Cheers for the feedback guys
#19
muddyfox470
Despite it having more RAM it would perform worse than the OPs because it is only DDR2 RAM (so less throughput for textures etc) and it isn't pre-overclocked, so out of the box you would notice a fair bit of difference.


Missed the DDR2, not such a great buy then, at DDR2 speeds I doubt it would make any use at all of the extra memory.
#20
riyaz_7
Sorry I am not very technical but would this definietly work with my pc ? Hpm7061.uk

I think my curent graphics card is not pci express.

i dont want to end up buying on then find out it dont fit !

Cheers for the feedback guys


http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF10a/35123-35527-39847-39847-39847-12153098.html

Damn HP with no documentation.

But yes your pc does have a pci-express x16 slot.

http://www.ciao.co.uk/HP_Media_Center_PC_M7061_uk_Photosmart_PC__6274884

edit: The motherboard used is a custom MSI board called MS-7093 which has a pci-express x16 slot.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00384722&lc=en&cc=uk&lang=en&product=482529&dlc=en

As for the PSU, you will have to open up your pc and look at the label of the PSU to see if its good enough. It more than likely will be.
#21
riyaz_7
Sorry I am not very technical but would this definietly work with my pc ? Hpm7061.uk

I think my curent graphics card is not pci express.

i dont want to end up buying on then find out it dont fit !

Cheers for the feedback guys


If you don't have a PCI-E slot its not going to work. You also need a PSU with a PCI-E adaptor, or a spare molex (you'll need a molex->PCI-E adaptor).
#22
Minstadave
If you don't have a PCI-E slot its not going to work. You also need a PSU with a PCI-E adaptor, or a spare molex (you'll need a molex->PCI-E adaptor).


Not for an 8600gt.
#23
ghost101
Not for an 8600gt.


You're right, I'm not having a good day today :oops:
#24
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-160-AS

Probably worth thinking about in a similar price range, but the 3850 is likely to better it.
#25
To all those that diss this card i have now used 2 of these in various machines. Yes they are no 8800gt or gts BUT for this price they are very very good at what they do. I got 2 of the £43 cards from Novatech, 1 for my neighbours pc and one for my own kids pc, and they have never had any probs with them. Sure they aint gonna play Crysis on max, but then more the fool for you if you really think that - even my q6600 4gig ram 8800gts 512 struggled on some bits in dx10 !

TBH at the £43 mark these cards are a steal. My neighbour is happy playing games like C&C, Jericho, UT3 etc on quite high settings with no probs at all under Vista Aero. Bottom line is if you cant afford the ridiculously high end priced cards then get a £43 one of these and be happy for a while till the high end cards come down. Great price for what is a great all round performer - do not be put off by the boo boys or those that have money to chuck at everything !
#26
I don’t know if it’s a good price for this card but this GPU is entry level and for £24 more you can get a mid range card that will out perform it by a factor of 2 to 3 times in games as well as supporting HDMI, HDCP, HD Video decoding and even consuming less power at idle. Benchmarks here - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/591/1/
Novatech have an Asus HD 3850 for £74 delivered - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?ASU-3850P

Obviously the difference in price is 50% but the performance jump is dramatic and makes the difference between a game being playable or not in many cases.
If you add another £24 to the budget and go to £98 you will get a 9600 GT but the performance difference between that and a HD 3850 is much closer so I suggest that the best performance per buck at the moment is the HD 3850 256MB.
#27
ok, now i have a problem. i oredered the card, only to be told from a friend that it won't fit on my motherboard, so now, i am looking for a reasonable motherboard that fits this card.

I wasn't going to build a new pc, but looks i'm gonna have to. I use my pc for browsing mostly, nothing too taxing but i do want an hd output from the graphics card to plug into my tv to play movies and the like. any ideas?
#28
djpieman
ok, now i have a problem. i oredered the card, only to be told from a friend that it won't fit on my motherboard, so now, i am looking for a reasonable motherboard that fits this card.

I wasn't going to build a new pc, but looks i'm gonna have to. I use my pc for browsing mostly, nothing too taxing but i do want an hd output from the graphics card to plug into my tv to play movies and the like. any ideas?


What is your current system?
#29
If you only want to spend £50 then it is a good upgrade for your PC providing your PC / Motherboard supports it, especially as it doesn't require any additional external power.

There are faster cards available, for not much more, but then whether you would need the power, and whether your motherboard AND power supply (PSU) could support it is another matter.

Just make sure you use google to check your pc spec/info to check whether your pc is compatible and think in the first place if you actually need to upgrade your graphics card. If you have an office pc for web browsing and work then you probably won't need it. This graphics card will help you play most of the more recent games at fairly good settings (you could spend less to still run the same games at similar or lower settings) and will help with High Definition video playback, i.e. HD DVD and Bluray.
#30
how about this i got one last week with a load of others from hexus this card crushes this 8600gtxxx is full 1080p output can be massively overclocked and can run crysis on medium settings this is the best bang for your bucks you can get at under £50 delivered you would need to be an idiot to choose that 8600gt 3 legged dog i got nearly 7000 with 3dmark06 my 8800gt 512 get 13000 but was just under £200.

Two of these in crossfire if you had a strong psu would beat alot of very expensive card and for just under £100 you cant go wrong. I have one and am very impressed with it have played alot of high spec games with it no trouble have had the core around 800 and memory at just over 1000.

http://www.gpureview.com/database/images/cards/537/large/ati-radeon-hd-2900-gt-1.jpg

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?SAP-HD29GT
#31
I brought the 8600gts just after christmas and I've been really pleased with it. I paid double this price so in comparision to that I think this is a really good find. I know some people are moaning saying it won't play crysis on max but you need to remember this is £50 not £300!

Anyway to people who don't play crysis, this card will run all the major big games of the past couple of years that everyone still plays on very high/max settings ie Sims 2, BF2, CSS, HL2 & I've also been able to play on virtually max settings on UT3, Enemy Terrority Quake, Tomb Raider Anv, Team Fortress 2 & all the Orange box. :)

Also, mine did need a seperate power module to it from the PSU but that could be cus it's the GTS version.
#32
Also could someone help me please, I've never tried to upgrade a dell before but provided it had a pci-e 16 slot on the mobo would this card work on it? The pc is about 3 years old, currently uses onboard gfx.

Cheers.
#33
the 8600 isnt a very powerful card it depends on what size your psu is i would think a 400w would be fine so long as your not running 5hd/dvd and 50 fans.

this is not a gts just a gt.
#34
polly69
the 8600 isnt a very powerful card it depends on what size your psu is i would think a 400w would be fine so long as your not running 5hd/dvd and 50 fans.

300W is fine and if it doesn’t have a 6 pin PCIe power connector you can purchase a Molex adapter provided your system has two spare Molex power connectors.
#35
Hi. Would this card, [url]www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/668/875/-/5173042/Play-Value-Geforce-8600GT-Super+-1GB-PCI-Express-X16-Graphics-Card/Product.html?searchtype=genre[/url], be a better or equal buy?
#36
greycounciller
Hi. Would this card, [url]www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/668/875/-/5173042/Play-Value-Geforce-8600GT-Super+-1GB-PCI-Express-X16-Graphics-Card/Product.html?searchtype=genre[/url], be a better or equal buy?

No, it has GDDR2 compared to GDDR3 of this card so will be slower.

Note: A card this slow doesn't benefit from having large amounts of RAM. 1GB DDR2 on this is a marketing trick to impress non technical people. It's akin to upgrading the clutch on a Reliant Robin to handle 750 hp.
#37
Is this better then a HD3650 which costs roughtly the same?
#38
Would this be overkill for a HTPC?

People have recommended the 2400 and 2600 ATi cards for playing HD content but I was wondering if this would be any better than those for use in a HTPC?
#39
The 8600GT is a loud card, clocked to much and the fans are larger make a racket and not much difference between the 8500GT spec wise you though they would but when you put them together in same spec machines then there isnt much in it.

I brought an 512MB DDR2 Innoware 8500GT from Amazon for £35 delivered (£5 cheaper than ebuyer at the time), it came with vga/dvi (HDCP)/ TV-OUT and has a very quiet bakelite fan (which give less stress on the bearings) and has 512mb, so double the ram, ultra quiet and virtually same perforamnce for £15 less

On my pc Vista HP 32 BIT, P4 D925 (2x2.8ghz), 3.5GB ram and this card I just about get 30 FPS in Crysis @ 1440x900 and mid detail (couple on low) and the same on COD4.

On the same machine with a 8600GT 256mb I got 32FPS in Crysis and 31 on COD4 so the 8600gt gave an extra 1 or 2 FPS
#40
Kankan101
The 8600GT is a loud card, clocked to much and the fans are larger make a racket and not much difference between the 8500GT spec wise you though they would but when you put them together in same spec machines then there isnt much in it.

I brought an 512MB DDR2 Innoware 8500GT from Amazon for £35 delivered (£5 cheaper than ebuyer at the time), it came with vga/dvi (HDCP)/ TV-OUT and has a very quiet bakelite fan (which give less stress on the bearings) and has 512mb, so double the ram, ultra quiet and virtually same perforamnce for £15 less

On my pc Vista HP 32 BIT, P4 D925 (2x2.8ghz), 3.5GB ram and this card I just about get 30 FPS in Crysis @ 1440x900 and mid detail (couple on low) and the same on COD4.

On the same machine with a 8600GT 256mb I got 32FPS in Crysis and 31 on COD4 so the 8600gt gave an extra 1 or 2 FPS


A DDR2 8500GT will not in anyway perform close to this card. 512MBs of DDR2 is utterly useless too.

Look at a comparison of the 8500GT vs. an 8600GT here:

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1422&Itemid=40&limit=1&limitstart=2

The 8600GT walks all over the 8500GT, and its a slower 8600GT than this one.

Large fans make less noise usually, as a lot lower RPM is needed, so they aren't as whiney and cool a larger area, the Zalman cooler used is excellent and better than any stock cooler by miles.

How a card can be "clocked too much" is just nonsense, it is tested by XFX, has uprated cooling and is guarenteed to work at those speeds.

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