Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS Video Card Review

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Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS

Albatron 8600 GTS

In our bundle we see that there isn’t much that comes with the card. Albatron includes one DVI-VGA adapter in case you don’t have a monitor with DVI. Also included is the component RGB cable for TV out which will be great in case you were intending to use this card in a Home Theatre PC role. With the HD decoding features built into the GPU and slightly less expensive prices for PC based high definition drives it is hard to argue that a HTPC is the way to go right now if you must have the latest movie watching experience.

The warranty that Albatron provides is 2 years for all video cards and motherboards. While this may pale in comparison to the warranty provided by other companies, remember that you have to pay for that extra coverage in the purchase price of the card.

Test Setup

Albatron 8600 GTS

Video Card Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

 

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700

 

Motherboard

Intel 975XBX2KR
 

Memory

2GB Super Talent DDR2 1000
 

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 74GB

 

Cooling

AeroCool Xfire Heatsink

 

Power Supply

Silverstone 850W 

 

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP2

 

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600 with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. ATI CATALYST 7.3 Drivers were used on all of the ATI video cards. Forceware 93.71 drivers were used for NVIDIA 7000 series cards. Forceware 158.22 drivers were used for NVIDIA 8600 series cards.

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