Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS vs 7900 GS Overclocking Battle

Posted on Sunday, May 06 2007 @ 04:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Even with its Direct X10 support we would have a hard time purchasing a GeForce 8600 GTS over a 7900 GS. Actually we would probably spend an extra $75 US and pickup an 8800 GTS (320MB) graphics card instead. However those looking to spend $200 US or less have a few options and they of course include the 8600 GTS and 7900 GS. When it comes to the bang for your buck factor overclocking generally plays a huge roll. Therefore we decided to put the 8600 GTS and 7900 GS head to head in a good old fashion overclocking battle!

Without any physical modifications to the card our 7900 GS can easily achieve a 38% core overclock along with a 22% memory frequency boost. The 8600 GTS on the other had managed to bump up the core frequency by just 8% with a 17% memory overclock. Given that the 8600 GTS was already slower in most of the games tested, overclocking both these graphics cards just gave the 7900 GS a greater advantage. Games such as Prey saw the standard 7900 GS defeat the 8600 GTS by a decent margin. However once overclocked the 7900 GS walked all over the 8600 GTS!

Check it out over at Legion Hardware.


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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