View Full Version : Quick 8600 GT question

06-26-07, 09:40 PM
I'm thinking about getting the 8600 GT, but I don't know whether to go with a 512mb version with GDDR2 or a 256mb version with the GDDR3. Is it better to have the faster memory speed or more memory?

512mb version :

256mb version :


06-29-07, 12:30 AM
IMO I would not go with either one ,but If I had to choose one I would go with the one with the faster memory.It has DX10 but it is slow in most games compared to the 7950GT $169 with $20 rebate or the Radeon X1950XT $149 with a $30 rebate .I have both the 7900GTX and the radeon X1950XT and they are both fast in todays games,It is more then twice as fast as the 8600gt in a lot of games .IMO I would save up and get a 8800GTS 320mb $259 after a $20 rebate,you want be dissappointed.
but if you just have under $200 to spend then I would get the 7950GT or the X1950XT because they will be faster then a 8600GT.


Joe Public
06-29-07, 09:18 AM
It wouldn't really make very good use of the extra 256MB (it's not that powerful a card), so go with the 256MB version, if you have to get the 8600GT.

06-29-07, 10:30 AM
I would most definitely recommend the gDDR3. The mobile 8600gt with 256Mb gDDR3 scores around 3800 in 3DMark06 whereas the mobile 8600gt with 512Mb DDR2 scores 3200. Plus the DDR2 runs marginally hotter. I don't know exactly how this would translate to a desktop situation but I it would probably be a very similar story. The 8600gt simply isn't a powerful enough card to make good use of 512Mb memory anyway.