Unless you've got a healthy bank balance, reading graphics card reviews can be frustrating. Having gorged yourself on nVidia's cutting-edge 8800 series, you might well find the 8600 cards something of a come-down. But if your budget refuses to stretch to three figures, this card from Foxconn is currently your best bet.

While the 8600GTS seemed to cost considerably more, despite not offering much extra performance, the 8600GT gets the compromise more or less right - more so, given that this card is overclocked. The 540MHz core clock has been boosted to 560MHz, while the memory clock has shot up from 700MHz to 810MHz. Otherwise, the Foxconn makes do with the fairly modest specs laid down by nVidia.


The MSI NX8600GT T2D256E Overclocked that we reviewed last month was already a pacey version of the 8600GT, so it's no surprise that the Foxconn isn't much faster. You can expect to see this card beating its rival by just one or two frames in most games, generally averaging around 60fps (frames per second) at 1,024x768; 20fps at 1,280x1,024. This is more than enough for today's games, although we doubt it'll be able to cope with DirectX 10.0 titles.

Foxconn 8600GT-256OC: Specs

  • nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
  • 256MB GDDR3 RAM
  • 128bit memory Interface
  • PCI Express
  • DirectX 10.0
  • nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
  • 256MB GDDR3 RAM
  • 128bit memory Interface
  • PCI Express
  • DirectX 10.0

OUR VERDICT

As GeForce 8600 GT cards go, this one is decent. It won't last you much into the future, though. If you need a sub-£100 card now, this is a good bet - but we'd rather wait for a few months.

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