Galaxy 8600Ge Video Card Overclocking Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by massman @ 2007-09-07

How can you differentiate yourself as video card manufacturer in a crowded market? Galaxy decided to add extra cooling and apply very high factory overclocked speeds to their 8600 GT based products which they call the 8600 GE. Coming close to speeds of the more expensive 8600 GTS we find out if this video card is worth your money if you are looking for a budget-minded VGA upgrade.

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Synthetic benchmarks

Synthetic 3D Benchmarks:

These synthetic 3D benchmarks from Futuremark allow you to evaluate the expected performance of a system with different generation games. As each 3DMark uses different feature and quality settings, it allows you to get an idea of how a video card will perform in games. But be aware that since Futuremark takes DirectX guide lines to build their stress tests with all features available, performance can differ from real world games when those games don’t fully support/implement all DX features. So take these results with a grain of salt, and always compare them to our game benchmarks.

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Let's start with the latest Futuremark benchmark: 3DMark06, equipped with the latest technology, this benchmark pushes the video cards to their limits.

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As you can see, both Calibre and Galaxy card have a ~20% gain over a default 8600GT. The 190MHz memory boost of the Galaxy card doesn't add much, but it's something. When we crank the speeds of the Galaxy even higher, there's an even nice boost. Note that these numbers are highly affected by the limits of the E2160 CPU.

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A similar situation when we test the video cards with the 3DMark05 benchmark: 190Mhz of extra memory doesn't really help that much, but once we overclock the Galaxy card even higher, we have a nice gain over the 630/810 clocked Sparkle Calibre.

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Once again, the overclocked Galaxy 8600Ge leaves the other cards behind, scoring ~25% higher than a default 8600GT!

Although 3DMark01 and Aquamark3 are heavily influenced by the performance of the CPU and memory configuration, we still want to give you the full numbers.

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Now let's find out what the cards are capable of in games ->
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Comment from Massman @ 2007/09/07
Extreme cooling hopefully in the near future
Comment from thorgal @ 2007/09/07
Nice 1 PJ. Looking forward to the OC fun
Comment from Sidney @ 2007/09/07
Not available in the U.S yet?
Why destroy a perfectly good running card; it would be like driving a new car at 50mph into a brick wall to see how much the bumper can withstand.
I guess the answer could be "because we can".
Comment from jmke @ 2007/09/07
I think Galaxy is mainly EU for now; if they can squeeze out maximum performance, and sell 8600 GTS performance card at 8600 GT price-tag, I don't see nothing wrong
Comment from MACMAC @ 2007/09/07
Is it possible that there is a typo in the Specifications chart?

The 8600GE and 8600GT are listed as having the same Memory Bandwidth and Texture Fill Rate, which logically can't be right.
Comment from jmke @ 2007/09/07
good catch, thank you for spotting the error, will have it fixed asap