|Product||EVGA e-GeForce 8600 GTS (PCI-e, 256MB)||NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card (GF 8600 GT - 256 MB)||XFX GeForce 8600 GT (PCI-e, 512MB)||ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT||Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS (640MB)|
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|Release date||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||June 28, 2007||November 9, 2006|
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If you care more about HD movie watching than gaming and you need a new video card for the task today, we recommend a 3D card like this EVGA with Nvidia's newest mainstream graphics chip. Gamers can get more performance value from Nvidia's higher-end 8800 cards, but for anyone, it would be a good idea to wait to see what's new from ATI in just a few short weeks.
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If you're looking to build a home theater PC, we recommend ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT as the midrange card to use, thanks to its nearly perfect HD video image and its no-fuss installation. But for 3D gaming, you'd be much better off looking for a good deal on a faster, older graphics card.
The step-down GeForce 8800 GTS is no slouch compared to Nvidia's flagship GTX card. Like its powerful big brother, the slightly more affordable GTS supplies top-notch performance and sweeping architectural changes that provide a solid foundation today for the OSs and games of tomorrow.
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