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Gigabyte 8600GTS 256MB Silent Pipe 3
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by Rob Williams on August 13, 2007 in NVIDIA-Based GPU

Building a silent PC or on the look-out for a quality mid-range graphics card offering? Gigabyte’s 8600GTS includes the best of both worlds. In addition to including a passive cooler, a free copy of Supreme Commander can be found here also. Of course the important question is: Does the overall performance warrant your attention?

NFS: Carbon, Call of Duty 2


In our NFS: Carbon test, we played through the first normal race when choosing one through the Quick Race mode. Two choices of car are given, an upcoming Chevrolet Camaro and a Koenigsegg CCX. I think it’s obvious which one I chose.

Racing games are notorious for running sluggish with slow video cards, but NFS remains surprisingly playable even at even 15FPS, although 20+ is much appreciated. I’m impressed that the card mustered 40FPS at 1280×1024… it was a very smooth play-through.

Call of Duty 2

CoD2 is close to being two years old, but it still pushes current GPUs enough to warrant it’s inclusion. This game is one that can be played at lower FPS, and that was the case here. The level chosen here was Demolition, which begins immediately after the training level.

The game was playable at 1920×1200 but the lag was clear as day… not too many people would be willing to play at this setting. However, 1600×1200 and lower ran quite well, it was an impressive showing overall.