The 8600 GT is a very capable card. It delivers a really nice bang for the buck for a mid level card. The MSI NX8600 GT is a great card to get if you're in the market for a new graphics cards. The perk over any of the reference cards is that it has higher stock clocks. These small gains might not account for much, but there is some small increase. If this card and a reference clocked card cost the same, why not get this one?
The 8000 series from nVidia was the first to support DX 10. This will offer big perks in the future over previous generation cards. The card has a nice cooler that should allow the core to run a lot cooler than the stock cooler. Remarkably this card doesn't require any additional power which is a real perk for people that want an energy-efficient computer.
What makes this a solid buy to me is the fact that this card costs roughly the same as any other 8600 GT and you get the additional perk of having it clocked slightly higher than its counter parts. For this reason I feel that the MSI NX8600 GT deserves a 9 out of 10 and is awarded the Dev Hardware Gold Award. I would like to thank you for reading the review and if you have any questions feel free to stop by our forums.
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