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MSI GeForce 8600 GTS DirectX 10 NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3
  • Core Clock 700 MHz
  • 2 x DVI
  • 32 CUDA Cores
  • PCI Express x16

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MSI's NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC video card is built on nVIDIA’s new GeForce 8600GTS core. The card packs in 256MB of GDDR3 memory. High Definition is the next big gaming challenge, so it's not surprising that it has dual DVI (dual link) outputs, along with component HDTV output. It fits nicely into a PCI Express x16 slot, supports nVidia SLI if you have two, and is fully DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.0 compatible. What really makes the it special it is factory overclocked to 700 MHz core, 2100 MHz memory.

A stock GeForce 8600GTS videocard hums along at 675 MHz and 2000 MHz respectively. MSI takes advantage of the time since the 8800 series launched for nVIDIA to move from a 90nm fabrication process to 80nm, so the GeForce 8600 now uses faster clock speeds on the core, unified shaders and memory. To top things off, it has a sweet custom dual slot cooler that connects the heatsink to a finned radiator, and apparently keeps the GeForce 8600GTS ~15 degrees Celsius cooler than the reference design! The fan blows cooling air through a duct and across the cooler but there's a sizeable gap between the heat exchanger and the vented bracket.

It comes with an S-Video cable, a component output cable dongle, two DVI-to-Analog converters and a dual molex to six pin power connector. Swimming strongly through the confusion of mainstream cards, this 8600GTS card from MSI could be a strong finisher in the race to the top of the heap!

  • newegg NVIDIA Unified Architecture with GigaThread Technology The Fully-unified shader core dynamically allocates processing power to geometry, vertex, physics and pixel shading operations, delivering incredibly true-to-life 3D graphics. In addition, the massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
  • newegg Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support The world's first DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • newegg NVIDIA Lumenex Engine The NVIDIA Lumenex Engine supports 128-bit and 64-bit floating point HDR with up to 16x anti-aliasing, delivering vividly realistic lighting effects while obliterating "jaggies".
  • newegg NVIDIA Quantum Effects Technology NVIDIA Quantum Effects Technology enables advanced shader processors architected for physics computation and a new level of physics effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU - all the while freeing the CPU to run the game engine and AI.
  • newegg HDCP Capable With integrated High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) support, this card allows playback of HD DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and other protected content at full HD resolutions.
  • newegg NVIDIA SLI Technology Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unmatchable gaming experiences. The must-have feature for PCI Express graphics, NVIDIA SLI technology allows two graphics cards to run in parallel and dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4/ 5
Fan noise 3/6/2014 2:09:35 PM

Pros: This isn't a large card,so it fits in a smaller case well.
GpuZ reports Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) at 33.5 GB/sec.
It performs very well.

Cons: My only complaint is the fan noise.
GPuZ reports the fan running at 30%,but yet it sounds like a blow dryer even at idle.
MSI or someone needs to develop some software to slow this thing down when it's just idling.
You can find these cards cheap on auction sites and they are more than worth the $20-$30 you would pay.

Overall Review: It runs cool and does everything I bought it for with power to spare,I just wish I could slow the fan down.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
AMAZING little thing 2/2/2011 1:32:35 PM

Pros: I have had this card since 2006 and it is still kicking a-- and taking names. I don't have it overclocked at all and it is still able to run new games like BFBC2, and Star Craft 2 with out a problem. I am running dual output, one being a LCD tv through the HDMI adapter and it even has the ability to integrate digital sound into the hdmi. I could not have gotten a better card for what i payed

Cons: Is not sold any more

Overall Review: I wish i knew where was still selling these so could get a second one and run dual cards

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Good value... for a while. 7/22/2008 6:17:24 PM

Pros: It's a really powerful card for the money... while it lasts.

Cons: As some people have said, the card not work long until the it starts causing system crashes during intense computation. Initially, it comes with the RAM clocked at 2100MHz (100MHz over spec) and the CPU at 700MHz (25 MHz over spec).

The rebate is also quite slow in coming; still haven't seen mine.

Overall Review: In order to make the card work under Ubuntu 8.04 (running Team Fortress 2 under Wine) after the crashes set in, I had to install nvidia-settings with apt-get, add the line ' Option "Coolbits" "1" ' to Devices in my xorg.conf, then reduce the CPU to 650MHz (actually 25MHz slower than spec) and the RAM clock to 1900MHz (100 MHz below spec) in the nvidia-settings GUI.

Based on this experience, this is the last factory overclocked card I will buy.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Card 7/14/2008 12:21:09 PM

Pros: Great frame rates. Max settings on all of my games. Runs very cool.

Cons: Obviously, takes up 2 slots. But the cooling would not be possible.

Overall Review: SLI would be very good.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Surprisingly good card. 7/11/2008 2:42:00 PM

Pros: Card performs great for only being a 256. I'm running a machine with this and only 1GB of RAM and CS:S runs at full high + 16x AA with 40-70 fps depending on the map.

Cons: Expensive compared to other 8600s, but more powerful from what I can tell.

Overall Review: No power adapter with it, make sure you get the right adapter and plug it into your power supply.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
7/9/2008 12:43:42 PM

Pros: so great so fast
didn't try gaming
works fine with foxconn motherboard 945g7

Cons: very large inside the case.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good card for the money 7/7/2008 7:10:55 PM

Pros: Great for the money. Will run games great on mid to low video settings. Easy install.

Cons: Obviously not the best video card on the market, but again, probably the best bang for your buck for a mid range rig.

Overall Review: Buy two and SLI. Run most games great!!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
No rebate for me 7/2/2008 4:53:27 PM

Pros: The card works OK for the most part. Is more or less worth the price.

Cons: I didn't get my $30 rebate because they don't accept order confirmation from Newegg as proof of purchase. They could have told me this before I bought it-otherwise I may not have.

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