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bit-tech :BFGTech GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 ThermoIntelligence
Posted by newsbot on September 14th 2007

BFGTech'sGeForce 8600 GTS OC ThermoIntelligence is a great example ofa GeForce 8600 GTS and it delivers good performance for a gamer runninga 17” or 19” LCD monitor in current titles. In isolation, it’s a goodcard with a cooler that does exactly what it the manufacturer claims itwill do, and then some based on our results.Unfortunately though, BFGTech’s ThermoIntelligence cards come with aprice premium and the 8600 GTS OC2 is no exception to this rule at over£145 (inc. VAT). You can pick up a stock clocked GeForce 8600 GTS foraround £110 (inc. VAT), which isn’t too far behind in the performancestakes. Probably more of a concern is the fact that Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GTS320MB starts at just over £180 (inc. VAT), with BFGTech’s own “OC”model starting at around £186.From the results obtained during this evaluation, both of these optionslook to be significantly better value for money for not that much more.One thing we've not mentioned is the previous generation mid-rangecards that are often perform better than the new generation ofmid-range hardware and are available at more attractive price points.Of course, you won't be able to enable DX10 features on these cards,which we've proven can be enabled on the new mid-range cards in nativeDX10 games like BioShock, but the benefitsat the moment are small.

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