8600GT vs 8600GTS
So, I'm pretty new to the SLI world and I don't know much the differences in graphics cards just yet. I'm looking at getting either an 8600GT or an 8600GTS, but I don't really understand the difference. I'm looking at these two cards:


- XFX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
- EVGA GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

Now as I honestly don't understand the difference. The 8600GT has 512MB of RAM, so I'm assuming that would be the better card, but I know this isn't true. Can anyone explain the differences to me so I know which one is a better choice?
So, I'm pretty new to the SLI world and I don't know much the differences in graphics cards just yet. I'm looking at getting either an 8600GT or an 8600GTS, but I don't really understand the difference. I'm looking at these two cards:





- XFX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

- EVGA GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16



Now as I honestly don't understand the difference. The 8600GT has 512MB of RAM, so I'm assuming that would be the better card, but I know this isn't true. Can anyone explain the differences to me so I know which one is a better choice?

#1
Posted 01/31/2008 05:10 PM   
The larger VRAM size will help the GT perform slightly better at higher resolutions than a GT with 256 MB of memory, but the GTS has more processing power than the GT. They both have the same amount of stream processors (32) but the GTS has a standard core/shader/memory clock of 675/1450/1000 (respectively) compared to the GT's standard clock speeds which are 540/1180/700. That equates to the GTS having 42% more memory bandwidth and a 25% higher texture fill rate, which will help more than an extra 256 MB of memory, especially if you aren't playing at huge resolutions. If I had to choose between one of those two it'd be the GTS, however, I strongly suggest you save up for a bit longer and buy an 8800 GT. They're a bit more expensive but will leave both of those cards in the dust, no questions asked.
The larger VRAM size will help the GT perform slightly better at higher resolutions than a GT with 256 MB of memory, but the GTS has more processing power than the GT. They both have the same amount of stream processors (32) but the GTS has a standard core/shader/memory clock of 675/1450/1000 (respectively) compared to the GT's standard clock speeds which are 540/1180/700. That equates to the GTS having 42% more memory bandwidth and a 25% higher texture fill rate, which will help more than an extra 256 MB of memory, especially if you aren't playing at huge resolutions. If I had to choose between one of those two it'd be the GTS, however, I strongly suggest you save up for a bit longer and buy an 8800 GT. They're a bit more expensive but will leave both of those cards in the dust, no questions asked.

GeForce Technical Marketing

#2
Posted 01/31/2008 05:27 PM   
I agree with exitios. GTS>GT however 8800 GT>8600 GTS

Actually this is more appropriate: 8800 GT>>>>>>>>>>8600 GTS
I agree with exitios. GTS>GT however 8800 GT>8600 GTS



Actually this is more appropriate: 8800 GT>>>>>>>>>>8600 GTS

#3
Posted 01/31/2008 05:31 PM   
Thank you, but I'm not a huge PC gamer. I like to game on consoles (I know, it's blasphemous). I just want a pretty good card, for some of the older games I play.
Thank you, but I'm not a huge PC gamer. I like to game on consoles (I know, it's blasphemous). I just want a pretty good card, for some of the older games I play.

#4
Posted 01/31/2008 05:32 PM   
[quote name='asnpcwiz' post='112419' date='Jan 31 2008, 12:32 PM']
Thank you, but I'm not a huge PC gamer. I like to game on consoles (I know, it's blasphemous). I just want a pretty good card, for some of the older games I play.
[/quote]

Then in that case an 8600 GTS should do you just fine.
[quote name='asnpcwiz' post='112419' date='Jan 31 2008, 12:32 PM']

Thank you, but I'm not a huge PC gamer. I like to game on consoles (I know, it's blasphemous). I just want a pretty good card, for some of the older games I play.





Then in that case an 8600 GTS should do you just fine.

GeForce Technical Marketing

#5
Posted 01/31/2008 05:48 PM   
Thanks for the advice guys, sorry I'm such a newb.
Thanks for the advice guys, sorry I'm such a newb.

#6
Posted 01/31/2008 05:51 PM   
Don't worry about that, we're here to help. :smile: If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
Don't worry about that, we're here to help. :smile: If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

GeForce Technical Marketing

#7
Posted 01/31/2008 05:58 PM   
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