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BIOSTAR VR8603TS21 GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 32 CUDA Cores
  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2008 5:42:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGrade A card

Pros: This really is a great bargain card, under $100 dollars and it can run anything you throw at it. Great overclocker, I coupled it with a Biostar board and an Intel core 2.

Cons: It doesn't wash my dishes

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a new build for my sister and was torn between this and the 8800GS but ultimately chose this because of it's price to performance ratio. Awesome card for the occasional and hardcore gamer alike.

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  • David V.
  • 3/9/2008 11:43:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap, easy to overclock, and runs cool compared to cards by other manufacturers. Idling at 44c with stock heatsink while overclocked is pretty fantastic nowadays.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you want to SLI, get a strong power supply.

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  • Evan C.
  • 3/6/2008 5:23:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card, but give it some room to breathe.

Pros: Dirt cheap, even without the rebate. Cooler is large, but fairly quiet under normal circumstances. Pretty good framerates for *most* games, overclocks nicely.

Cons: None, really. Needs extra space in front of the fan, making this effectively a three-slot card.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately my MicroATX motherboard requires me to put my sound card right next to the fan on the 8600, which alone raises the temperature and decible level 5 degrees/5db, respectively. It is pretty quiet (not silent) as long as the fan's airflow is not blocked in this fashion. Other than this, I've had no complaints, and clocked it to 720/2100 without incident.

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  • Michael L.
  • 3/6/2008 4:42:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsWas a bit disappointed..

Pros: Its an 8600GTS, It works good.

Cons: Disappointed in the shipping/packaging or whatever, when I got mine the bag it was in was ripped and a bunch of the heatsink fins were broken and bent, in the way of the fan.

Other Thoughts: After pulling off the broken fins and moving the ones that were disrupting the fans movement, its a good card. I'll be getting another.

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  • Cody H.
  • 3/4/2008 11:09:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: Runs CoD4 decently, getting 60fps at 1024/768 at the lowest.
runs my lowend game i play like slicing butter. "Warrock"
ddecent overclocker utility. When i feal like SLI will be worth it i plan on getting another.

Cons: eh none so far

Other Thoughts: I would like to know how in the world that guy got it to 900 core clock and 2500 mem clock.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/27/2007 2:31:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent overclocker, except no support for Vista 32/64 yet. Is coming though.

Cons: No Vista support for o"clock software yet.

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  • Benjamin M.
  • 7/27/2007 6:22:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Overclocker

Pros: This comes with software that will let you increase the voltages to take overclocking to a much higher level than any of the other 8600GTS cards. Add better cooling and you can get this thing up to speeds nearing the 8800GTS.

Cons: Stock cooler is adequate, but you really need to invest in a better one for maximum overclocks. I suppose that really isn't a con since this is true of all the other manufacturers' cards as well.

Other Thoughts: I should have bought this one, but went with the MIR on one of the other cards. One of my friends bought this one instead though. He can clock his Biostar 8600GTS to over 900 core and about 2500 mem while I can only get 720/2210 on my eVGA.

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