Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS & GT Performance

When Nvidia launched the GeForce 8 series last November with the release of the GeForce 8800 GTX, no one really expected the graphics monster it was, and that is saying a lot given the hype that surrounds every upcoming high-end graphics product.

The GeForce 8800 GTX was significantly faster than anything available at the time, and even today it still holds the performance crown for Nvidia. Also cut-down 8800 GTS versions were also very impressive and soon became favourites amongst gamers. However, only a small percentage of gamers can afford to drop over $300 on a graphics card. This means the real battle, the battle of sales, takes place at the more affordable $200 - and below - price range.

And now finally, after a long wait Nvidia has released their mainstream GeForce 8 series graphics cards, but was the wait worth it?

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I also believe these cards are too new for them to have the full potential they have. Give Nvidia a couple months and we'll see the FPS go up a bit. Remember DX10 cards are new tech.

In a way 8600 is a victim of 8800's unexpected performance leap, so is 8800Ultra. If 8800GTX/GTS is 20-30% less powerful, everyone will feel comfortable...

I just ordered myself an 8800 gts today (320mb) as well as a new system. I was greatly disappointed in the performance of the 8600's. It should destroy the 7600 GT

The worst part of the 2900XT launch is that the 8800GTS 320MB prices actually jumped

I know, nothin to do with the 8600, but talk about the half year history of the 8800 in the article reminded me of this.

dhitb said,
The worst part of the 2900XT launch is that the 8800GTS 320MB prices actually jumped :wacko:

Those ATI cards are a huge disappointment. Especially for the price. The 8600 series is another huge disappointment. Now retailers know there's no choice for hardcore gamers but the 8800 series, so they can start gouging us on the price.

Isn't lack of competition great? This happens every single time a small group gain undisputed control of a market. Look at the cable industry, or the oil companies, or you know who (Microsoft). Now you can add Nvidia and ATI to the list.

Unfortunately, there's really nothing that can be done, short of not playing DX10 games. But these companies know you can't resist.

The GeForce 8800 GTX was significantly faster than anything available at the time, and even today it still holds the performance crown for Nvidia.

Sounds like this article was written by soem ATi fanboy that can't admit NVidia has the performance crown and needed to slap Nvidia on there.

HawkMan said,

Sounds like this article was written by soem ATi fanboy that can't admit NVidia has the performance crown and needed to slap Nvidia on there.


No, just an uninformed reviewer. Everybody knows that the 8800 GTX hasn't held nVidia's performance crown for nearly a month, it's only second-fastest now. He obviously didn't know this.

[H]ardOCP was impressed with the 8600GTS (last month), to the point where they said,

"AMD/ATI should be very worried at this point. Compared to ATI’s current generation the GeForce 8600 GTS kicks its butt. Compared to NVIDIA’s own last generation, GeForce 7 series, the GeForce 8600 GTS kicks its butt. We experienced the highest playable settings we have ever seen at this price range. The XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX Edition is one of the best gaming video cards we have ever used at $239.99. It provided the best gameplay experience for the money and has further performance potential for hardware enthusiasts."

FiringSquad was impressed with the 8600GTS (last month), to the point where they said,
Based on these results, the GeForce 8600 GTS clearly looks like a winner.

Anandtech was more level about their review of the 8600GTS (last month), pointing out great positives as well as concerns, but not all giddy about it. Still, they said,
At the same time, we wouldn't recommend against the 8600 series, as it does provide best in class video decode performance that will enable more computer owners to experience HD content without dropping frames.

But of course, that was all last month.

Just the same, I'm getting tired of all teh TechSpotLove@neowin.net

What the hell, this is old news. This is just making neowin? Tom's Hardware had a review on it weeks ago along with some other review sites. Anyway, the 8600 series so far is ****. nVidia knows it is holding the market, and doesn't need to come out with anything spectacular as it has nothing to compete with. I wouldn't bother now, wait til ATI releases some newer hardware that can compete with all the tiers, and you will see price drops and possibly new models from nVidia. With the 8600, as soon as you throw on AA and AF, your framerates plummet and they don't compare with the models they should be from previous generations.

And this article is not written by a fanboy. Don't be stupid. Just because he doesn't praise nVidia for bringing us low end DX10 cards with below par performance for what it should have been, doesn't mean he jerks off to ATI. His opinion was pretty much equivalent to other reviews, so unless ATI is blowing them under the table, you can safely bet this guy is being honest.

I want to compare the performance of this baby with Radeon 2600 HD to see who is better. At current driver stage, i thing 8600 will be the winner but the 2600 HD series is coming at 1st june or something that gives AMD sometime to iron out the bugs in the drivers to give a good performance boost to 2xxx series that they really require. I hope this thing gets beaten by 2600 series so that we again ave a good midrange card available that we can afford like (6600GT and 7600 GT)....

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