If silence is golden, then silence plus overclocking is platinum. Hardware enthusiasts have loved squeezing every last drop of performance out of their hardware for quite some time. Noise levels are not a concern for many of these enthusiasts, but over the last several years, more and more of them have become not only performance enthusiasts but also silence enthusiasts. So, finding a silent, overclocked product is like winning a mini lottery.
For this article, we have such a product: the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty. Not only is the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty silently cooled, but it is also overclocked. While a reference NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT has a 540 MHz core clock and a 700 MHz (1.4 GHz effective) memory clock, the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty sports a 620 MHz core clock and an 850 MHz (1.7 GHz effective) memory clock.
In addition to being silent and overclocked, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty features 256MB of DDR3 and a 128-bit memory interface. Looking at its specifications, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty looks great, but we'll have to run it through some tests to see if it is both silent and deadly.
Memory: 256 MB DDR3
Video Output Function:
- TV-out + HDTV Support
- Two Dual-link DVI Connectors
- SLI Bridge
128-Bit Memory Interface
- GPU: 620 MHz
- Memory: 1.7 GHz (effective)
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 22.4
- Fill Rate (Billion pixels/sec): 8.6
NVIDIA unified architecture:
Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support:
NVIDIA SLI Technology:
NVIDIA Lumenex Engine:
128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR):
NVIDIA Quantum Effects Technology:
NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA):
OpenGL 2.0 Optimizations and Support:
NVIDIA nView Multi-Display Technology:
PCI Express Support:
Dual 400MHz RAMDACs:
Dual Dual-link DVI Support:
Built for Microsoft Windows Vista:
NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology:
Discrete, Programmable Video Processor:
Hardware Decode Acceleration:
Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction):
Bad Edit Correction:
Video Color Correction:
Integrated SD and HD TV Output:
Not surprisingly, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty box features the typical black and red Fatal1ty theme, and it also features the visage of Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, who we are sure you all know is the most well known professional gamer in the world. The back of the box features a window that lets you take a peek at what the box holds inside.
When we opened the box, we were happy to see that the card was protected by Styrofoam and an anti-static bag. Underneath the card, we found the bundle, including a quick install guide, a connector guide, a VGA-to-DVI adapter, an S-video cable, a driver CD, and the full version of the highly-rated game Company of Heroes. Although the game is around a year old, we stil consider it a great inclusion in this bundle.