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The GeForce 8600 GTS is a mid-range model in Nvidia's 8 series of consumer desktop graphics cards.

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Pros

Fan and card seem sturdy.

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Single PCI-E slot design.

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Great HD video performance.

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Runs pretty quiet, even under moderate loads.

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Cons

Cheap capacitors on certain models tend to explode.

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Requires a direct connection from your computer's power supply.

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Performance is questionable compared to more powerful cards that only cost a bit more.

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The GeForce 8600 GTS is a mid-range model in Nvidia's 8 series of consumer desktop graphics cards. Its specifications should enable it to handle less demanding games and perform adequately on lower settings in more demanding graphics applications released in 2009. It features 256 MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI-readiness allowing dual GPU setups, and GigaThread technology, which aims to increase processing efficiency through multi-threading. Other incorporated technologies include Nvidia's Lumenex engine, which enables 128-bit HDR rendering for increased realism in lighting. The 8600 GTS is a step up from the 8600 GT, offering essentially the same technology but with higher clock speeds.

Features 
  • 256 MB memory
  • 32 processor cores
  • DirectX 9 and 10
  • SLI-ready
  • PCI Express
  • 675MHz graphics clock
  • 1450MHz processor clock
  • 1000MHz memory clock
  • Texture fill rate: 10.8 billion/sec
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