Nvidia Ships the GeForce 8600 GTS

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vistageek

If you get an 8600 gts, get the 512 meg edition. THe extra 256 megs make all the difference. I can play Crysis at 1280x768 all setting on high super smooth.

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buzz272727

I was shopping for a single or set of new video cards and I am a little boggled. It seems that I would get the most prerformance out of buying two seperate cards, like a pair of to the Leadtek PX8600GTS 256MB GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 cards at 675 mhz core clock and a 2000 memory clock for a total of 1350mhz core and 4000 memory priced on newegg for around $300, than if I purchased a single ASUS EN8800GTS 640M GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 with a 500 mhz core clocK and a 3200 memory clock which is priced on newegg for $306.

Looking at the specs it looks like the two Ledtech cards are the better value, but I know that benckmark testing often proves vendor specifications wrong.

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johnny3144

umm... does this mean that the 8600GT have almost no performance increase than 7600GT aside from directX 10?

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zioburosky13

According to the benchmark done by AnantTec.com

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2970&p=1

Gfx 8600 GTS is 10-15% slower than Gfx 7950 and Radeon X1950Pro but 20% faster than Gfx7600.
Given that most next-gen mid-range video card always surpass their predecessor,
I wonder if it's a driver issue or the lack of DX-10 game benchmark that hurts it.
For now, my money is on Gfx 8800GTS until I see some improvement or another card release.

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VoodooChicken

I'm glad nVidia is continuing development and meeting release dates. I have an 8800 GTS, and I've been satisfied with it. Playing HD video hasn't been a concern yet, and my monitor is only 20" so this new 8600 GTS doesn't make me feel like I jumped the gun too soon. These new cards seem like they're for people that really want to run HD off their PC instead of stand alone. It seems similar to the situation where people buy iMacs just because someone gave them an iPod for Christmas.
As for current and even future gaming, I'll wait for the proverbial 9800 (nVidia, not ATI of course)

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