BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2 Review

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Just about four and a half years ago, a company started by ex-Visiontek executives entered the already crowded graphics card market with the hope of capturing the enthusiast and hardcore gaming audience. The plan was to factory overclock many of their products, offer a life time warranty, and have a dedicated 24/7 technical support staff ready to answer any questions or troubleshoot any problems end users may encounter throughout the life of their cards. Fast forward to present day, and BFG is well respected in the enthusiast and gamer communities, and in addition to their top to bottom graphics line, they now have a growing motherboard, power supply, and even physics card lineup.

With that said, the main focus of BFG is still set on the graphics space, and today we’ll be taking a look at one of BFG’s latest offerings in the $199-$249 graphics card “sweet spot”, the place gamers and enthusiasts on a budget try to find the greatest value in their graphics card. The card in question is the BFG GeForce 8600GT OC2, a factory overclocked version of the GeForce 8600GTS. Priced at $229 - $249 and running at a  720MHz core clock and 1110MHz memory clock (stock speeds are 675MHz core clock and 1000MHz memory clock), will the BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC give enough performance to justify a new graphics card purchase? Let’s take a closer look.

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BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2 256MB

Specifications & Features


 

Performance

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS

Core Clock

720MHz (vs. 675MHz standard)

Shader Clock

1566MHz (vs. 1450MHz standard)

Fill Rate

11.7 Billion/sec.

Stream Processors

32

Memory

Video Memory

256MB

Memory Type

GDDR3

Memory Data Rate

2220MHz (vs. 2000MHz standard)

Memory Bandwidth

36.2GB/sec.

Connections

Bus Type

PCI Express x16

Connector(s)

2 Dual-Link DVI-I, HDTV + TV Out

Multiple Monitor Support

Yes

HDCP

Yes (Requires other compatible components which are HDCP capable. Designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays)

RAMDACs

Dual 400MHz


Package Contents:

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When we opened the box of the BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2, we found that the card ships with a quick install guide, two DVI to VGA adapters, a PCI Express power adapter, a HDTV output dongle, and a driver disk with an included manual. As you can tell, there aren’t any bundled extras packaged in with the BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2, with BFG just providing the basic accessories you need to get your card running and fully functional.

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