Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.33GHz (366MHz x 9 and FSB 1:1)
Motherboard(s): ABIT IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi (Supplied by Universal ABIT)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Crucial PC8000 5-5-5-15 (Supplied by Crucial)
Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80Gig 7200RPM SATA 2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Drivers: Nvidia ForceWare 158.16 (8600GT/GTS) / ForceWare 93.71 (7600GT)
With the two 8600GT cards in hand we benchmarked them against our single 7600GT alongside the reference clocked 8600GTS to see just how much slower the GT is when compared to its bigger brother.
The particular model 7600GT we use is the Fatal1ty version from XFX which comes with increased core and memory clocks. The standard 7600GT comes clocked in at 560/1400MHz DDR while the XFX Fatal1ty comes in significantly higher at 650/1600MHz DDR, the price is almost on par with the 8600GT from Palit which utilizes stock clocks like the Gigabyte here today. We will be putting this into consideration throughout our article.
It's also worth mentioning that the XFX XXX 8600GT has a big advantage over the Gigabyte 8600GT in the clock speed department. The XXX is running at 620MHz / 1600MHz DDR while the Gigabyte card is running at 600MHz / 1440MHz DDR - keep this in consideration when looking at the benchmarks. The XFX XXX is also going to have a price premium over the Gigabyte card of around US$30.
Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/
3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.
For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.
We can see both 8600GT cards come in well above the 7600GT offering. What is interesting is again the huge performance jump the XFX give us. We saw a large jump with the GTS XXX version in our earlier article.