nV News Deals Shop Archive Search Files Forum Feed Articles IRC Chat GeForce.com


Search Site
Ads by Google
Links To NVIDIA
Drivers
Products
Communities
Support
NVIDIA Blog
News Room
About NVIDIA
GeForce Technology
CUDA
DirectX 11
Optimus
PhysX
SLI
3D Vision
3D Vision Surround
Articles
GeForce GTX 580
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 465
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTS 450
GeForce GTX 295
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce GT 240
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 GTX
Watercooling Project
My Book 500GB
Raptor Hard Drive
Guide To Doom 3
EVGA Stuff
EVGA E-LEET
EVGA Precision
GPU Voltage Tuner
OC Scanner
SLI Enhancement
EVGA Bot
EVGA Gear
Reviews and Awards
Associates
Benchmark Reviews
Fraps
GeForce Italia
GPU Review
Hardware Pacers
LaptopVideo2Go
MVKTECH
News3D (NVITALIA)
OutoftheBoxMods
OSNN.net
Overclocker Cafe
PC Extreme
PC Gaming Standards
PhysX Links & Info
TestSeek
3DChip (German)
8Dimensional
MSI GeForce 8500 GT and 8600 GT Comparison - Page 2 of 8

RETAIL PACKAGING

The MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC ships in a fairly large box whose size is comparable to that of a motherboard box. The box displays info about the card on the backside in a variety of languages and contains a fair amount of padding to protect the card during transport.

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC Retail Box - Front
Click Image to Enlarge

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC Retail Box - Back
Click Image to Enlarge

The PCB is slightly longer than that of MSI's GeForce 8500 GT. The layout contains some larger capacitors along with some power circuitry along the back of the card. Note that these components were not required for the lower-powered 8500 GT.

The 8600 GT doesn't require any additional power via the PCI-E power connectors as the card is very economical, using 65W of power, which the PCI Express connector is capable of providing.

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC - Front
Click Image to Enlarge

MSI has placed a custom active heatsink on the 8600 GT OC. MSI states that in their testing, the card was typically five of more degrees Celsius cooler than the reference design. Unfortunately, I don't have a reference heatsink-equipped 8600 GT with which to compare.

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC - Back
Click Image to Enlarge

The card is equipped with Dual DVI outputs, which are each capable of driving a dual-link display. Thus, both DVI outputs are yellow-colored to demonstrate that they are capable of driving dual-link displays, as was outlined on the previous page.

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC - Side View
Click Image to Enlarge

We see that the SLI connection has returned on the 8600 GT.

So what does the "OC Edition" offer over the standard? How about a healthy 200 MHz overclock on the memory and an additional 40 MHz on the core. This brings the MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC up to a 580 MHz core clock speed and 1.6 GHz memory speed. At these speeds, MSI's offering is among the fastest factory overclocked 8600 GT's.

MSI GeForce 8600 GT OC - Contents
Click Image to Enlarge

Included with the video card are two quick user guides, two VGA-to-DVI converters, Driver CD, TV-out splitter and S-Video extension cable. The TV-out splitter breaks out into a single S-Video connection, or the three cable component connections. The accompanying kit is the same as for the 8500 GT, with the inclusion of a second DVI-to-VGA.

Next Page: System Configuration & 3DMark06 Performance

Last Updated on July 13, 2007


Table of Contents

Advertisement

nV News - Copyright © 1998-2014.
Search Products
Search
for


Ads by Casale
Tweaks
Metro: Last Light
PlanetSide 2
Miscellaneous Links
AutoDesk 123 Design
Build Your Gaming PC
FPS vs. Frame Time
Free Games And MMOs
GeForce SLI Technology
HPC For Dummies
PC Game Release Dates
Play Classic PC Games
Steam Hardware Survey
Video Game Designers
TechTerms Dictionary
GPU Applications
AMD GPU Clock Tool
AMD System Monitor
ATITool
aTuner
EVGA E-LEET
EVGA OC Scanner
EVGA Precision
EVGA Voltage Tuner
Gainward ExperTool
GPU-Shark
GPU Voltage Tuner
Fraps
FurMark
GLview
GPU Caps Viewer
GPU PerfStudio
GPU Shark
GPU-Z
MSI Afterburner
nHancer
NiBiTor
NVClock (Linux)
NVFlash
NVIDIA Inspector
NvTempLogger
NVTray
PowerStrip
RivaTuner
SLI Profile Tool
The Compressonator
3DCenter Filter Test
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
PhysX Applications
Cell Factor Revolution
Cryostatis Tech Demo
Cube Wall Demo
PhysX FluidMark
Fluid Physics
NV PhysX Tweaker
NVIDIA OPTIX 2
PhysX Downloads
PhysX at YouTube
Add-In Partners
AFOX
ASUS
AXLE
BFG Technologies
BIOSTAR
Chaintech
Colorful
ELSA
emTek
EVGA
GAINWARD
GALAXY
GIGABYTE
FORSA
FOXCONN
Inno3D
Jaton
Leadtek
Manli
MSI
Palit
PNY
Point of View
Prolink
SPARKLE
XFX
ZOGIS
ZOTAC