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Monday, 21 May 2007 21:29

Asus EN8600GT overclocks great

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: Core clocks higher than GTS for €120 only

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Today we tested yet another 8600, and this one comes from Asus. The Asus  EN8600GT card is a mid range DirectX 10 product, priced at around €120 in Euroland. Asus clocked its Geforce 8600GT at reference speeds, but the cooler they used is much better, so we can expect better stability, both on default clocks and during out overclocking runs. The Geforce 8600GT uses the same GPU as the GTS version, but it's clocked at lower speeds.


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The core works at 540MHz, while the memory is clocked at 1400MHz. Asus uses Samsung's GDDR3 1.4ns passively cooled memory chips. Thanks to the cooler design, the air flow passes through the copper fins and cools the memory chips. If you're lucky to get an 8600GT with a good core you will probably hit GPU speeds in excess of 675MHz with relative ease, keep in mind that the GTS version's core is clocked at 675MHz. Since the GT uses inferior memory it will be the only obstacle to turning your GT into an 8600GTS. The cooler is quiet, and the maximum temperature we got was around 60 degrees Celsius.


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The memory is without a doubt the limiting factor, not only for this card, but for the entire series. We had expected a 256 memory bus on the 8600 series, but Nvidia opted for the even cheaper 128 bit memory. This practically halved its bandwidth which undoubtedly resulted in some lower frame rates.

Both the GT and GTS have 32 Shader units and on the tested card they work at 1180MHz. Asus chose not to include HDCP support on this card. The next versions of the card could very easily incorporate this feature, since the passively cooled EN8600GT Silent version already has it.

The I/O side of the card has 2 dual-link DVI connectors and a TV-out (HDTV). If you need a VGA connector you'll have to reach for the DVI-VGA dongle. The good thing is that the card doesn't need an additional power supply.

The box lists only the most basic characteristics on 10 languages. They went even further with the manual, translating it into 20 languages, and this is really a nice touch.

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Apart from the card the box includes a driver CD, manual CD, one DVI to VGA dongle, S-Video cable and a CD wallet. Also included is the GamerOSD software for Vista and XP a some sort of chat / online communication software. On the driver CD you'll find a small tweaking tool, if you want to adjust the fan speeds and core/memory frequencies. It's not a great choice for overclockering, as the core frequency when using the tool is limited to just 600MHz.

 
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Testbed:

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Motherboard:
Nforce 680i EVGA board (provided by EVGA)
 
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition (provided by Intel)

CPU-Cooler:
Akasa EVO AK 922 Blue Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's (provided by Akasa)

Memory:
OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1066MHz 5-5-5-15  (provided by OCZ)
CL5-5-5-15-CR2T at 2.3V

Graphics Card:
Ausu EN8600GT (provided by Asus)

Power supply:
OCZ GameXStream 700W (provided by OCZ)

Hard disk:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA (provided by Seagate)

 
{mospagebreak title = 3. Overclocking and 3D marks}

 
Testing and Overclocking

Asus clocked the card at a reference 540MHz/1400MHz. As we didn't have any truly comparable results from similar cards, we tried overclocking this one, and compared the OC results with the reference ones.

We'll soon refresh our score sheets with 8600GT and 8500GT card results. We already mentioned that the GT cards utilize the same GPU as the GTS versions, and share the same characteristics. The chips on the Asus 8600GT seem to be from a good batch of wafers, so we were able to push the GPU speed above the GTS versions 675MHz. The card is stable at 690MHz, although we hit as much as 710MHz, but the stability was an issue.

The 1.4ns memory used comes from Samsung, and we were able to push it to 880MHz. We got the best results when we set the GPU/memory at 690/1760MHz. You can find some lower speeds in our charts, we chose to leave them there for your viewing pleasure. You can check out the best overclocking results and gains in 3Dmark06 and Lost Planet.

 

3Dmarks 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

3DMark 03

Game2

Game3

Game4

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

15247

105.5

88.7

107.0

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

16508

114.7

96.2

115.9

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

18644

132.8

109.7

130.1

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 03

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Vertex Shader

Pixel Shader 2.0

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

2023.7

7028.5

55.1

168.2

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

2203.7

7674.8

59.2

182.5

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

2555.3

8684.9

65.6

213.3

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

3DMark 05

Game1

Game2

Game3

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

8924

38.5

28.7

41.2

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

9603

40.9

31.0

44.8

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

10936

46.4

35.1

51.4

 

 

 

 

 

Composite Figures 3Dmark 05

Single Texturinng

Multi Textur.

Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

2166.7

7399.2

140.1

63.0/95.1

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

2369.7

8102.9

152.8

68.3/105.1

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

2710.5

9095.0

174.0

80.3/119.8




Composite Figures 3Dmark 06

3DMark 06

 

 

 

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

4513

 

 

 

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

4882

 

 

 

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

5515

 

 

 

Asus EN8600GT 690/1760MHz

5611

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM2.0 Test

Score

GT1

GT2

 

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

1830

14.549

15.958

 

Asus EN8600GT 600/1500MHz

2003

15.876

17.514

 

Asus EN8600GT 675/1760MHz

2294

18.146

20.094

 

Asus EN8600GT 690/1760MHz

2340

18.542

22.652

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDR/SM3.0 Test

Score

HDR1

HDR2

 

Asus EN8600GT 540/1400MHz

1590

14.094

17.709

 

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