With a red PCB and cooler to suit, it could easily be mistaken for an AMD offering. The fan on the front is quite large and has a load of fins included. This is great as it helps keep noise down as the larger fan is able to spin slower while being able to pump out the same if not more air than a smaller fan spinning faster.
Like all 8600GT cards we find that there is no power connector for the card which is always nice in a HTPC environment; the only extra connector floating around the card is the standard SLI one sitting up the top.
The most important section of the card is in the I/O department and we of course have our dual link DVI connector sitting next to our little HDMI one. What we like about this setup though is the fact that instead of also having the VGA port like the Palit HD 2600 PRO sonic we instead have the normal TV out connector.
What this means is that if you're looking at buying a new TV soon and your current one doesn't have HDMI you can use the card without any problems. While VGA is still a very handy feature, we of course have the DVI to VGA connector included in the package meaning we still don't lose that functionality.
As we mentioned in the intro the card also comes pre overclocked, the stock 8600GT carries with it a core clock of 540MHz and a memory clock of 1400MHz DDR. TwinTech have mixed it up in both departments and respectably offer 580MHz on the core and 1600MHz DDR on the 256MB of GDDR3 memory.
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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]