The 8600GT isn't really a power house but the bottom line is that if you're looking for a native HDMI card that packs a bit more of a punch the 8600GT could be the perfect card for you.
It's a bit on the noisy side when under 3D mode but when just idling away playing your movies etc. the noise level isn't anything that we would be worrying about. The cooler also manages to do a pretty good job of keeping the more powerful card as cool as the slower HD 2600 PRO Sonic.
It's going to cost you about an extra $30 AUD to move over to an 8600GT, and if you wanted to do a bit of gaming at something like 1366 x 768 then this would be quite a good choice. It's consistently able to offer some decent frames for low res gaming.
This is the first time we've seen anything from TwinTech and it seems to be a pretty nice offering. The little overclock isn't too shabby and the cooler while being a bit on the loud side does a good job of cooling.
The only real gripe is while the card has this really nice tin package, once you venture inside there isn't too much more to it. A HDMI cable would have been nice but as we mentioned one of the best features of this card is that you don't lose the standard TV-Out connectivity, so if you're looking for a decent TV-Out card now but haven't got that LCD TV yet you should probably have a look at the TwinTech HDMI offering.
Would we choose this card over the HD 2600 PRO Sonic that I recommend to practically everyone who is looking for a HDMI card? Well yes and no. If you're not going to be doing any gaming spending the extra money on a card that is more powerful and a little louder is really just pointless. But if they said they wanted to do a bit of gaming with it then of course we would as it's really able to pull out some decent numbers.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode One HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 11 [High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - Vista]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Call of Juarez (DX10) - Vista]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet (DX10) - Vista]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes (DX10) - Vista]
- Page 16 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]
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