BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2 Review

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Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance Summary: Overall, we saw the performance of the BFG GeForce 8600GTS OC2 easily eclipse that of the NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT and HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo. More specifically, the GeForce 8600GTS OC2 made some demanding games like Rainbow Six: Vegas and F.E.A.R. playable at 1280x1024x32 with high quality settings at 4X AA and 8X AF, a significant accomplishment for a card targeted at mainstream gamers.


Strictly speaking in terms of performance, cooling, and overclockability, the BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 is arguably the most attractive GeForce 8600 GTS card currently on the market.  The BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 features the company's custom, near-silent Thermo Intelligence cooling solution, it ships from the factory with GPU and memory clock speeds significantly higher than NVIDIA's reference specifications for increased performance, and it is backed by a lifetime warranty.  The card also overclocked well, hitting and 803MHz GPU frequency and memory clock speed of 1187MHz.  Unfortunately the BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2's accessory bundle is somewhat bland and the card is priced much higer than it competition.  With a price somewhere between $229 and $249 on-line, this is the most expensive GeForce 8600 GTS by a large margin. For that kind of money, gamers would be better served by saving a few more bucks and purchasing a 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS.  Video buffs on the other hand can save themselves roughly $50 - $60 by going with a reference 8600 GTS and overclocking the card themselves.  It may not be as quiet or hit clock speeds quite as high as BFG's offering, but it's difficult to justify the BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2's price tag in the current 3D graphics card landscape.

  • Good Performance
  • Overclocking Potential
  • Quiet, Single Slot Cooler
  • High Price
  • Accessory Bundle

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