Features & Specifications
EVGA has a line of factory overclocked graphics cards like the other big card partners and EVGA calls theirs Superclocked. The EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked carries a online price of $179.99 and a MSRP at the brick and mortar stores of $199.99. That price gets you a 8600 GT that is clocked at 576MHz on the core and 1.5GHz on the memory. Like the XFX 8600 GTS XXX the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked has 32 stream processors and 256MB of memory. All other card features are the same between card partners. Output options on the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked are dual dual-link DVI, S-video and HDTV.
I am using the same test machine for the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked as I did for the other cards that are launching today that has the following specifications:
For benchmarking and testing I am using 3DMark06, FEAR, Quake 4 and Battlefield 2142. The first test up is with 3DMark06 which I ran at default settings in the application and default settings in the NVIDIA control panel. The 3DMark06 results are as follows:
The next test up for the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked is FEAR. I use the FEAR in game test loop with a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024, 4x AA, 16x AF and no soft shadows. All other game settings were on max settings. The frame rates were as follows:
The percentages looked like this; 14% of the time frame rates were below 25 fps, 68% of the time frame rates were between 25 and 40 fps and 18% of the time frame rates were greater than 40 fps.
Next up to challenge the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked was Battlefield 2142. I used Fraps to capture frame rate information while playing the single player map “Fall of Berlin” at a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 with 4x AA and all settings on high. Fraps captured the following frame rate data:
For the final challenge I loaded up Quake 4 and ran it at high settings, 1280 x 1024, 4x AA with multi-core on. I again used Fraps to record frame rate information as follows:
As you can see from the numbers above the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked gives up some performance to the XFX 8600 GT XXX that I reviewed as well. The numbers are close as is the price. The XFX card sells at online at an MSRP of $169.99 whereas the online MSRP for the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked is $179 making the EVGA card about $10 more. The EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked will make for a great entry level DirectX 10 graphics card for gaming and movie watching. I can’t confirm at the time of this writing is the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked supports HDCP for Blu-ray and HD DVD playback. I was able to confirm the XFX did not support HDCP. I suspect the EVGA card does not support HDCP either because it does not mention PureVideo HD support. I will update this review when I can confirm if HDCP is supported or not.
The EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked graphics card performs very well given the cost of the card. If you need a graphics card for DirectX 10 gaming on Vista below $200 the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked is a good option.
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