In this article, I will be pitting nVidia’s GeForce 8600GT vs ATI’s Radeon HD 2600XT. This article covers strictly gaming performance on Windows XP, tested on various games of 2007 and a few other benchmarks from a year or 2 ago.
The cards I’m using for this comparison are
- Galaxy Geforce 8600GT OC Edition 256MB DDR3, down-clocked to 540mhz for Core and 700mhz for Memory (1400Mhz DDR speed)
- XpertVision HD2600XT Sonic 256MB DDR3, 800mhz for Core and 800mhz for Memory (1600Mhz DDR speed)
- ForceWare Release 169 (BETA) – Version : 169.09 for the nVidia card.
- Catalyst 7.10 (Version: 8.421.0.0) for the ATi card.
- Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
- Company of Heroes : Opposing Fronts
- World in Conflict
Test System Specification
Processor : Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz
RAM : 2GB DDR2 667
Monitor : 20â€³ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System : Windows XP
Alright, with all the above cleared we shall now move on to the test results.
Graphics were set to maximum details, resolutions 1024 x 768 and 1680 x 1050.
|8600GT||1024 x 768||25||50||101|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 768||21||34||66|
|8600GT||1680 x 1050||14||25||47|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 1050||9||18||46|
Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
Graphics were set to default details, resolutions 1024 x 640 and 1680 x 946.
|Card||Resolution||Snow (Average)||Cave (Average)|
|8600GT||1024 x 640||31.3||44.6|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 640||28.1||37.4|
|8600GT||1680 x 946||14.0||20.7|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 946||13.6||18.7|
Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts
Graphics were set to the following details
Resolutions at 1024 x 768 and 1680 x 1050.
|8600GT||1024 x 768||7.8||51.6||60.2|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 768||10.8||58.9||63|
|8600GT||1680 x 1050||5.9||30.6||53.9|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 1050||4.8||45.5||60.5|
World In Conflict
World In Conflict refused to work well with all my 8600GT cards. Medium detail was selected BUT with Full Object Geometry, Extra Object Details, Destruction FX and Post Effects turned off to avoid it hanging the system. Both cards were tested with the same setting.
Graphics were set to medium details, resolutions 1024 x 768 and 1680 x 1050.
|8600GT||1024 x 768||25||46||88|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 768||21||53||123|
|8600GT||1680 x 1050||16||30||54|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 1050||9||33||76|
*Info : The HD2600XT worked flawlessly on Medium settings though, so much for being nVidia game. 😛
For the past months, I’ve been gaming on these 2 cards and I found the HD2600XT to be the slower one. With the latest tests, it seems that AMD / ATI’s latest drivers have boosted the performance of the HD2600XT – same applies to nVidia’s drivers. If you check the graphic card reviews that I did for both the cards used in this article, you’ll see that their 3DMark06 scores have improved – clearly some enhancement was done on the drivers.
For gaming purpose (without overclocking) – which one should you go for? I’d say any of these cards will do.
If you are comfortable with overclocking the graphic card – which one should you go for? I’d say 8600GT. 🙂 I’ve tested the HD2600XT and so far the attempts were miserable while the 8600GT cards I’ve tested so far could be pushed to 600 / 800 and beyond, with ease!