Nvidia Geforce 8600GTS Reviews and Benchmarks

Nvidia released there newest mid range graphics cards recently and now the net is flooded with news and reviews of it. The card is now available and can be picked up for about $200.

But lets get to it HardOCP, the Inquirer and PC Perspective all have great reviews of the cards and I think the interesting of the 3 is the Inquirer’s. so check them out and let me know what you think.

Geforce 8500 and 8600 News on the Net

Nvidia Geforce 8500, 8600 clocks, Pipes
8500GT, 450MHz Core, 400MHz Memory, 16 Stream Processors
8600GT, 540MHz Core, 700MHz Memory, 32 Stream Processors
8600GTS, 675MHz Core, 1GHz Memory, 32 Stream Processors

PNY Pre-announces Nvidia Geforce 8600
Graphics card maker PNY has confirmed that Nvidia is about to launch the GeForce 8600 GT graphics chip, pledging today to ship…

ASUS jumps gun on 8600
Taiwanese Firm Asus has announced its 8600 GTS card, ahead of the official launch tomorrow…

Nvidia Unveils Geforce 8600 and 8500-series
Nvidia today announced its latest DirectX 10 product offerings to serve the $129-$229 price points. The new GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8500 GT introduces technology previously exclusive to the…

Biostar announces new Nvidia 8600 and 8500-based graphics cards
Biostar announced its new Sigma Gate V8603TS21, V8603GT21 and V8502GT21 graphics cards with support for Windows Vista and DirectX 10…

Nvidia stole a march on ATi when it launched the DirectX 10 Geforce 8800GTS andGTX chips back in October 2006. Even though the G80/8800 was a powerhouse of a chip…

 DX 10 for the Masses: Nvidia 8600 and 8500 series Launch
Incredibly high priced and high powered graphics cards are exciting. For geeks like us, learning about the newest and best hardware out there is like watching a street race between a Lambo…

8300GT Pictured

TechConnect Magazine has a picture up of a 8300GT card. I have not been able to find any info as to when this will be out but the price is going to be under $89. I also don’t know what the clocks of the chip will be but it will no doubt be better than the 7300GT and if DX10 is as efficient as it looks to be the 8300 will be much much better with games then the 7300 was.

[via TechConnect Magazine]

Geforce 8500 and 8600 Benchmarked

The Inquirer has benchmark numbers of the Geforce 8500 and 8600 cards. They did have benchmarks before which we talked about here. But, now they have much more specific numbers.

under 3DMark06 at 1600×1200 4AA/16AF
8500GT got 1141
8600GT got 2483
8600GTS got 2949

The Inquirer has the full details here.

Geforce 8800 Ultra coming soon?

Nvidia recently released forceware version 100.41 drivers and the release notes name compatability for the Geforce 8800 Ultra, which isn’t out. Nvidia hasn’t used the Ultra name in quite a while but this Ultra most likely will be just an overclocked 8800GTX.

I think that the 8800 Ultra will be in short supply similar to how the 7950GX2 was and the 7800GTX 512MB was. If this card is released before ATI even gets a single DX10 capable card out it will put ATI farther behind then most people ever thought they would be.

[via X-Bit Labs]

R600 Delayed till 2Q

ATI’s upcoming R600 based card the X2900 has been delayed untill the second quarter according to Extremetech’s Mark Hachmen. The card is delayed due to problems in the chip itself, he did not mention exactly what the problem was but would mean that they may need to remake the chips. May be a modification due to low yields or just a problem in the chips design itself, that is unconfirmed however.

This is bad news for ATI and AMD though because this will give Nvidia a big lead in the race for the DX10 king. This is a similar lead to what was given to Nvidia after Nvidia’s release of the 7800GTX. Let’s hope that ATI will get things straightend out for all us consumers, we need competition so that those $550 8800GTX cards will get a price drop.

DX10 AGP Card, G84 AGP

The G84 (8600) chip by Nvidia will be going AGP in April. This is big news for all you old school AGP users out there who would like to either get a little bit more horse power in their current set up or would like to upgrade to Vista with a little bit more ease.

The cards will be selling for around $125. This will replace the current AGP top end on Nvidias side the Geforce 7600GS. The chip is very AGP compatible so it does not need any converting chips to bring it down to AGP, similar to the 7600 and 6600 chips.

Here are some details on the chip.

(PCIe card shown)

Nvidia Releases 32-bit Vista Drivers

Nvidia has released drivers for all you 8800 users out there who have Vista, no more beta drivers for you, unless you like to be on the cutting edge. This is the official WHQL driver for Vista, supporting all 8800, Geforce 7 series, and 6 series GPUs.  But, what about SLI support, well thats a different question entirely. I’ll quote Nvidia:

“DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver”

There is however DirectX9 support and OpenGL support in the driver for 8800 SLI but its not supported under Vista. Looks like they still don’t have love for SLI under Vista.

They did add this little paragraph at the bottom of the downloads page howerver:

 “These NVIDA Windows Vista drivers are under development. This version is not fully optimized for full 3D performance and may not include all available features available on different operating systems. NVIDIA, along with the industry, is continuing to update its Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add support for features. These drivers are provided “AS IS.” NVIDIA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOVER AS TO MERCHANTABILITY, COMPATABILITY, PERFORMANCE, APPLICATION OR FUNCTION, AND DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.”

I guess that was aimed straight at the heads of those with the class action law suit.

If have Vista and an Nvidia card you may want to head on over here and grab the drivers, they should work better then the previous one.