The CeBIT 2007 exhibition show has just gotten underway in Hanover, Germany, and already a
plethora of GeForce 8600 graphics cards are on the show floor. MSI's booth has
several cards on display, though the company has not revealed precisely which
model GPUs are featured in each card.
Instead, MSI claims the cards on display at its CeBIT booth are DirectX 10
NVIDIA GeForce boards. NVIDIA's reference design for
GeForce 8600 is based on the GeForce 7600 PCB layout, which was already
based on the GeForce 6600 layout. However, as visible with the MSI cards,
audio pass-through, HDMI and additional voltage regulation are also present on
the 8600 samples.
Specifications of the GeForce 8600 and 8500 lines were published earlier
this week. The high-end GeForce 8600GTS features 256MB of GDDR3
memory clocked at 1000 MHz, and a core frequency of 675 MHz. Mid-range GeForce 8600GT GPUs steps the GPU core down as low as 500 MHz.
MSI has a few mystery cards on display at CeBIT as well. A passively
cooled, half-height DirectX 10 card is on display, which is likely the low-end
replacement for GeForce 7200.