The most noticeable improvement I saw with this card was when it comes to shading. In PC games, shading accounts for a lot of graphic detail in games, and the 8400 GS card could not handle it worth a flip. For example, in Call of Duty 4 whenever somebody would throw a smoke grenade and the entire screen would turn white and gray with smoke, my PC would choke on it. With this 8600 GT, now it all runs nice and smooth. I found an overall performance increase in every newer game that utilized any kind of 3D system. Even Titan Quest, which would sometimes get a little jumpy under my old card, ran smoothly with this new one.
One important thing about the GeForce 8 series of graphics card is DirectX 10 compatibility. DX10, as it is also known, is the core graphic engine in Windows and adds a ton of new features. Most modern games support it, and a DX10-compatible video card will get you the most out of those games. This card is also SLI ready, so if you have a motherboard that supports SLI video configuration, you can put together a killer system.
If you are adding a graphics card like this to a factory brand PC, then you will probably need to upgrade your power supply. This card requires a minimum 350 watt power supply to run properly. My old HP power supply was just 230 watts, so I bought a new 500 watt one to use this card. If you try to use a video card with an underpowered supply, it could cause problems with your PC, or it may not even work at all.
The bottom line here is that if you are a gamer on a budget and want to get the most for your money, check out the EVGA 8600 GT Graphics Card.
Here’s some of the tech specs on the EVGA 8600 GT:
- 256 megs DDR3 RAM
- 540 mhz core clock
- 1400 mhz memory clock
- Full DX10 Shader Model 4.0 support
- 128-bit HDR lighting
- 16x fullscreen anti-aliasing
- Two dual-link DVI outputs, with VGA adapters included
- Can support up to two 2560x1600 resolution displays
- OpenGL 2.0 support