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Nvidia Geforce 8000 Series

GeForce 8600 GS

The GeForce 8600 GS is clocked at 540 MHz.

It has an SPU performance of 9.

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Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS

help iconCore Speed540 MHzhelp iconTransistor Size80nm
help iconArchitectureG84help iconTexture Mapping Units8
help iconSLI/Crossfire Supportyeshelp iconTexture Rate4.3 GTexel/s
help iconIntegratednohelp iconRender Output Units8
help iconRelease Date01 Apr 2007help iconPixel Rate4.3 GPixel/s
help iconRequired Power47Whelp iconDirectX10
help iconMemory256MBhelp iconShader Model4.0
help iconMemory Speed400MHzhelp iconOpen GL Version2.1
help iconMemory Bus128 Bithelp iconMax Resolution2560x1600
help iconMemory TypeDDR2help iconHDMI Connections0
help iconSPUs16help iconDVI Connections1
help iconSPU Performance9help iconVGA Connections1

GeForce 8600 GS compatibility review

Overall, the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS has poor performance. This should be expected only from older dedicated graphics cards, so this graphics card should definitely be avoided if building a system to power modern applications and games. This graphics card is now over 10 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This graphics card will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little driver support from Nvidia.

At this performance level you would be better off getting a CPU with an integrated GPU, because a dedicated graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS would not be worth the extra investment, and an integrated solution would be much cheaper, produce less heat, and require less power. We would recommend an Intel Iris GPU on one of the latest Intel Haswell processors, such as the Iris Pro Graphics 5200 Desktop, or one of AMD's latest APU Family graphics solutions such as the Radeon HD 8670D.

With an effective SPU count of 9, the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS processes shading and special graphical effects fairly poorly. The GPU is not too power-hungry at 47 Watts, however.

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