"First+only mainstream DX10 card, but the price doesn't match the performance, atleast in DX9 games."3.0 starson by sticu
Pros: Affordable DX10 support graphic card that shows promises in the future
Cons: 128 bit and only 32 pipelines cause major decrease in performance compared to other high-end cards
Summary: With the price below $200, 8600 GTS is an affordable card with more promises in DX10 world. But in DX9 world, this card just dont have much appeals over high-end to mainstream cards of the old generation.
The driver is still somewhat buggy and for some games such as World of Warcraft, this card will lagg behind 7900GS and even to 7600GS. Although in some other games 8600GTS will do perform better then 7900GS.
This card will not be an upgrade for most people with decend card but for those who are buying a brand new computer in budget, this card does holds some promises.
My recommendation is to buy 8800GTS which costs around $300 with 320 bits and 96 pipelines. It performs atleast three time better then 8600