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Apollo 8600GT 512MB GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 32 CUDA Cores
  • 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • PCI Express x16
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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2008 2:08:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery fast card for a great price

Pros: This card exceeded my expectations for performance and frame rate. As of writing this (03/26/2008) I am able to play every game except for Crysis at max settings and a resolution of 1440x900. The rest of my systems specs are a 2.2ghz core 2 duo, and 2gb DDR2 ram. Hardly top of the line by todays standards but still performs amazingly well.

I played Gears of War, Call of Duty 4, STALKER, Bioshock, Silent Hunter IV, Hellgate: London, Two Worlds, Oblivion, all at max settings, at a solid 60 frames per second in all situations.

Cons: The biggest downside of this card is that it doesn't have the staying power that the 8800 and 9600 GT cards have. You'll be replacing this graphics card in early 2009 for sure. Also this graphics card is most likely going to choke and die on any games in the future that really take advantage of Direct X 10. So while you are buying a DX10 card, it doesn't mean you are going to be able to use it. A lot like how the Geforce 6 series introduced pixel shading 3.0 but wasn't able to actually use it in any games that had it.

Other Thoughts: If you are on a very tight budget, and you don't do a whole lot of PC gaming, then bar none, this is the very best graphics card to get. However make sure you get the DDR3 version, it is a little bit more expensive, but a lot faster.

I am giving the card a 4 though despite this glowing review because of its staying power in the gaming arena. This card will be obsolete very soon and as of right now it is only a good midway point. If you need to upgrade right now then buy this card, but expect to be buying a brand new card 9 months from now. Be prepared for it if you will be at all serious about PC gaming at that point.

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