Zotac Technology 256MB geForce 8600GTS Graphics Card
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-22-2007
Provided by: Geeks.com
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A Closer Look/Specifications

This is the Zotac 256Mb geForce 8600GTS. As you can see, it has the standard reference card sized, single PCI slot cooler that serves as a heatsink for both the GPU and RAM. The graphics on the cooler are very detailed.


Graphics Technology
- Nvidia Geforce 8600GTS at 675 MHz engine clock
- 400 MHz RamDAC Technology Max. Resolution at 2560 x 1600
- Onboard 256MB GDDR3
- 2 GHz memory clock
- 128-bit memory bus width
Bus Support
- PCI Express x 16 support
3D Acceleration
- Unified Shader Model 4.0
- Microsoft DX10 support
External Connectors
- Dual DVI-I Connectors
- TV-Out (S-video) Connector
- DVI to HDMI Adaptor
- PureVideo HD
- HDTV Ready
- Vista Ready
- SLI Ready
- Dual Link Dual DVI
- RoHS Compliant

Zotac has several other models of 8600GTS, some with 512 megs of memory and a couple of factory overclocked models. This is the basic model, 256 megs of RAM clocked at 2.0 gigs, and the GPU clocked at 675 mHz.

The card has two DVI connectors and a S-Video connector. It requires one PCI-E power connector.

The bottom of the card looks pretty much like the bottom of any video card… a shame, because that's all you see once it is mounted in a rig.

The fan looks a little different from others, it is what some call a “hair dryer” fan. They tend to be a little less loud than others, and move a little more air. We'll see if it is as loud as stock fans tend to be. Personally, I think “hair dryer” fan is fitting, as they are usually as loud as a hair dryer.

The Zotac 8600GTS comes bundled with an S-Video cable, a DVI-VGA adapter, a DVI-HDMI adapter and a Molex-PCI-E power adapter, along with a driver disc. There are no bundled games or other software to increase the selling price. Does anyone actually play those games? I have a drawer full of them. The inclusion of a DVI-HDMI adapter is nice. I don't presently have a cable, but will probably soon get one.

Let's install the card!

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