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bit-tech :Inno3D GeForce 8600 GTS iChiLL Xstriker3
Posted by newsbot on October 09th 2007

At the higher price, you only have to look at the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB’s performance and measure that against its £165 asking priceto realise that you’d be a mug to spend £140 on a GeForce 8600 GTS.Thankfully though, Inno3D’s card isn’t as expensive as otherpre-overclocked 8600 GTSes and it actually comes in at a tempting pricepoint if you’re looking for an all-rounder.Where gaming is concerned, the Radeon X1950 Pro will perform as well asInno3D’s iChiLL Xstriker3 and in some cases better than it too – youcan pick one of ATI’s previous generation mid-range cards for around£85 (inc. VAT). Of course, it’s worth remembering that the X1950 Prodoesn’t have DirectX 10 support, but we think that’s a bit of a mootpoint and more of a checkbox feature given the performance penalty forrunning current games in DX10 mode. However, if you are looking at something that has all of the HD videoacceleration features that are available in the current generation’smid-range hardware, you’ll probably take the small performance penaltyin games to compensate for the massively improved performance in HDvideo playback. Therefore we’re not going to make an outrightrecommendation to buy this particular graphics card, but it’s one toconsider if the usage model outlined above fits you.

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