The 8600 does fairly well in the synthetic benchmarks, falling just slightly behind the x1950 Pro in some and beating it by a little in others.
In the gaming benchmarks the 8600 isn’t quite as impressive, falling behind the x1950 Pro in everything but BF2142. However it does manage to stay hot on it’s heels apart from in HL2: Lost Coast.
The 8600GT performed admirably in these tests. For a card that costs around £30 less than the second cheapest card there – x1950 Pro – it keeps up very well indeed.