Galaxy GeForce 8600GT OC Edition Graphic Card Review

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The Appearance

The Galaxy GeForce 8600GT OC Edition is easily identified with Galaxy’s signature blue PCB and a copper version of CoolerMaster’s CoolViva G1 VGA cooler. Interestingly the unit comes with black-colored video output connectors and instead of having dual-DVI it comes with 1 DVI and 1 VGA (analog) connector.

The card looks great, it’s short and doesn’t require additional power from the power supply to run. The cooler itself was easily removed should you ever wish to dust it or apply a fresh thermal compound.

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The Bundle

– HDTV-out
– S-video out cable
– Installation guide & driver CD.
– Galaxy Technology case sticker

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU8600GT
GPU Code NameG84
Memory TypeDDR3
Memory Bandwidth128-bit
Memory Capacity256MB

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

Processor : AMD X2 3600+ @ 2.5ghz
RAM : 2GB DDR2 667
Monitor : 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System : Windows XP (SP2)
Driver : ForceWare Release 162 (Version: 162.18)

The Performance & Overclocking

The GeForce 8600GT OC Edition comes with default core speed of 600mhz and RAM speed of 800mhz (1.6ghz DDR speed).

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I managed to push this card from the stock 600/800 to 660/860 and there were noticable performance gains. To make it more interesting, I’ve also decide to test this card at a down-clocked speed of 540/700 which is the default speed of an 8600GT to find out how much gain does the OC Edition gain from the stock version of 8600GT.

3Dmark06

Default setting.

Core / MemoryScore
540/7004573
600/8004990
660/8605431

F.E.A.R.

CPU performance settings to minimum while the graphic settings to maximum. Resolution was set at 1152 x 864.

Core / MemoryLowestAverageHighest
540/700203979
600/800224386
660/860254691

Need For Speed : Carbon

Maximum settings for every graphic detail. Screen resolution was 1280×1024.

Core / MemoryLowestAverageHighest
540/700182225
600/800182529
660/860222731

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Medium settings. Screen resolution was 1680×1050.

Core / MemoryLowestAverageHighest
540/70071723
600/80081825
660/86091928

The boost in Core and Memory was great in boosting framerates, however it doesn’t help much when it comes to running graphically demanding game with maximum settings.

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With Arctic Cooling MX-2 applied on the heatsink, it operated (stock core & memory speed) at 41°C on idle and 58°C on load when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

Conclusion

I like this card. It’s small, it doesn’t require additional power. It comes with a copper cooler already, furthermore the cooler is easy to unmount and even the purple covering is easily removed. It’s good to know that this is pre-overclocked card CAN be overclocked further. What else do you need? 🙂 Probably the only thing I didn’t like was that it came with 1 DVI and 1 VGA instead of dual-DVI, I prefer dual-DVI. It’s going to be a minus point for it but a minor one.

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39 Comments

  1. What happen to your x1950?

  2. Author

    No longer in use. 🙂 Moving on to try other cards.

  3. yeah another dude who like to do OC and research in pc hardware yah especially graphic card. Erm… You support Geforce or ATI ? I think will most probably Geforce for the extreme high end performance right? GG~

  4. when u wanna try 8800gts la…i really wanna get one..but duno how much of an improvement it will be over x1950 =b…and whether the price will jsutify the upgrade :p

    btw, the copper cooler on this card is coolviva G1 > which is actually quite good 😀

  5. Author

    It’s not exactly the G1 since the G1’s heatsink is aluminum. That’s why I mentioned it’s the copper version. 🙂

    As for the 8800GTS 🙂 Only time will tell.

  6. How much it cost?
    An estimate price maybe?

    It’s cool, damn cool!!!!

  7. Author

    Estimated price? Should be around RM 450 – 500 range. 🙂 Pretty nice considering there’s a nice heatsink + cooler and whatever it is that I mentioned above.

  8. My 7900GS use the same heatsink but the performance isn’t really that good.

    Idle at 50+, Load around 70.

  9. Author

    Just saw Glare’s comment in my anti-spam 😛 Well I actually like the ATI HD2900XT. 🙂

    shinjun, AFAIK 7900GS is the hotter GPU. You need a power connector for that, right? 🙂

  10. goldfries: Yea the 79GS nid a power connector and the card is pre-clock so i think that’s the reason .

  11. How is the 8600GT and Radeon X1650Pro fare in these benchmarks? Which one will be much faster, if you don’t count in the DX10 features?

    Also, is this a major jump from a Geforce 7300GT (ddr3) ? Could both of these cards play any Unreal3-engine-based-games (Ghost Recon, Rainbow6:Vegas) in max details (AA and AF I put only 2x) with 1024×768 res smoothly ?

    🙂

  12. Author

    YongGrand – I’ve no idea how is the X1650Pro but I would put 8600GT and HD2600XT together instead because if I were to compare, I’ll put the same generation (with DX10) together for comparison.

    I’m sure it’s a major jump from a 7300GT because I was previously using a BFG 6800 Ultra OC Edition. That card performs similarly to a 7600GT and even then I can’t run Need For Speed : Carbon at full details on 1024×768.

    With the 8600GT / HD2600XT, I could run the same game with full details and 1280×1024 and have acceptable gaming framerates. 🙂

  13. Hey there,

    Is it possile to play in full details if I play those GRAW1/2 using the X2600XT? I’ve seen your GRAW2 review – apparently the screenshots look like they are all using max details – especially the textures. My 7300GT has very poor framerates in GRAW1 and worse, I have to turn down almost everything, and that isn’t even going to cut it! :haha:

    Can you tell me the exact graphics settings in GRAW2 when you are using the X2600XT or that Geforce 8600GT? How are those framerates in my normal stock 3800+? That’ll be nice. 🙂

  14. Author

    HD2600XT CAN play at full details but the framerates are around 20 or less, tune down the details for better framerates, say medium for everything and no AA.

    The 8600GT OC Edition that I have on the other hand, could play at better details. 🙂

    And yes, both cards work fine with X2 3xxx+.

  15. Thanks man for the help,

    Guess that I’ll have to go for the Galaxy 8600GT OC edition – I want that solid caps and Nichicon ones. I enjoyed my Galaxy 7300GT ddr3 very much, each every second that I have but I have to part with it since I’ll be pushing my comp a little bit more for my upcoming TF2 and HL:Ep2 game, modding HL2 and also extensive programming. (that doesn’t need a faster processor, but only thing is the modelling, mapping and hosting game server, as my current rig crawls above 5 players in multiplayer mode)

    So will it worth every of my cents? And, better caps for the GC is important as I turn on my comp almost a whole day every day, and I don’t really enjoy exploding caps.

    Also, where did you purchase this card? What’s the price? Seen in Czone/cycom that it’s around RM425… 🙂

  16. Author

    How much worth it is, depends on you.

    If the OC Edition is RM 425, that’s a nice price I’d say. 🙂

  17. Yes – with selling off my older parts lying in my bedroom, that’s going to be pretty good. 🙂

    And yes also – the OC edition is RM 425. Lemme double check if this is still in stock.

    Is that 8600GT a suitable candidate for GRAW (I choose this because many games are now using Unreal3 engine) games too? From what I’ve seen in the 8800 packages, they are pasting the GRAW all over the box and it might imply that it’s 100% functional with the card?

    So, did you put any physics card when playing these games? I heard that the 8 series card have their own physics processor there. 🙂

  18. Author

    If GRAW is on the box then I’m sure they’re saying you can play GRAW on it.

    I didn’t install any other thing else for physics. 🙂

  19. Hey there,

    I intend to purchase either one of these 8600GT or the X1950pro now – but before attempting to purchase, is my Coolermaster extremepower 430W PSU take these video cards okay?

    Here’s the specs:

    +3.3V = 28A
    +5V = 30A
    +12V1 = 14A
    +12V2 = 15A
    -12V = 0.8A
    +5Vsb = 2.0A

    They said they need both more than 20A in the dual-rail currents… 🙂

  20. Author

    I’m using CM RealPower 450w. 🙂 Yeah, it’s enough.

    8600GT’s power consumption isn’t high. It doesn’t even need to be connected to a power source.

  21. Okay thank you very much for the quick reply, I appreciate it very much! 🙂

    Another last thing – I checked the comp stores in the last minute – the price of X1950Pro isn’t too far from the 8600GT at all – looks like a good deal.

    But the X1950Pro is MSI – are they going to melt because I’m turning on the PC for a whole day everyday (yeah, you know-lah…) and they don’t have solid caps like my Geforce 7300GT?

    Or is it okay if any videocards can run 24/7 regardless of cap type? I afraid the cap will… urm… explode.

  22. Author

    I personally would go for the X1950Pro over 8600GT / HD2600XT.

    The OC Edition of 8600GT isn’t far from an X1950GT in performance but the HD2600XT is quite far off. 🙂

    24/7? you’re not 24/7 gaming, so the card is on idle. Why fear? 😀

  23. Yeah, I see. Great one. 😀

    And is that MSI X1950Pro going to fit into my mATX casing? The card looks long…

  24. Author

    Hehe. That you have to find out yourself. 🙂

  25. Hey there,

    Thanks for your recommendations Goldfries!

    I finally got myself an X1950Pro because the price isn’t too far away from the 8600GT!

    And that’s a killer card – at the very least it can play Medal of Honor:Airborne smoothly with maxed out details. My HL2 still lags a little in 8-player mode, but I’ll turn off the V-sync.

    I’ll enquire about the X1950Pro in your X1950 section in the meantime! 🙂


  26. yonggrand, wat brand of x1950pro did u buy? where did u buy it? how much? i am considering to upgrade from my geforce 7300gt and i think i can have around rm400 for a new gpu. do u guys think it is worth an upgrade from geforce 7300? any recommendations as i’m still puzzled about the difference in performance of 8600 gt vs x2600xt. thx in advanced

  27. hi, do you still remember what is your Galaxy 8600GT OC temperature with 660/860??? my Galaxy 8600GE 650/1000 having 52 (idle) and 80 (load). are this reading normal?


  28. Hi Goldfries,
    Would like to know how many versions of Galaxy 8600GT OC is there?
    I’ve seen some which do not come with the CM Cool VIVA.
    And how many ns rams are these babies running on, i mean is there any difference between these models except for the cooler?

  29. Author

    I have no idea, so far I’ve seen 2 versions and I’ve not taken a second look at their RAM settings.

    I’m not at my HQ now, so I can only check it later. 🙂 The card in this review is different from the one I have currently since it was RMAed. Basically it’s now dual-DVI instead of 1 DVI and 1 VGA as in the review.

  30. Hi there, uncle fries,

    First of all, thanks for the card – it’s a cool one!

    But I have some questions – when I start my PC, the front BIOS information of the GFX card said something like G84, Model 0000 and SKU – I suspect it’s a Beta or a Sample product.

    Could I get problems playing with sample products, or even beta versions? 🙂

  31. Author

    I have no idea whether it’s a Beta / Sample version. I did try it out before it got to you and it worked great! Hope you enjoy it too.

  32. So far so good lo. And you forgot the driver CD.

    Is it the OC edition anyway? It looks like it’s a plain version. 🙂

  33. Hi where can I post my review on the Point of View 8800GTS 320MB Extreme Overclock edition?

    I’m getting 340fsp peak in FEAR on MAX EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just sat there and stared at the screen for out 5 mins, thinking

  34. Thanks for the help,
    Guess that I’ll have to go for the Galaxy 8600GT OC edition – I want that solid caps and Nichicon ones. I enjoyed my Galaxy 7300GT ddr3 very much, each every second that I have but I have to part with it since I’ll be pushing my comp a little bit more for my upcoming TF2 and HL:Ep2 game, modding HL2 and also extensive programming.


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