The 8600GT is indeed a step backwards in performance:
For the serious gamer, the 8800 series are the only cards worth buying in
the GF8 family. At the minimum you should have gotten a 8800GTS 320 MB.
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"goPostal" wrote in message
> Hey guys. I have a 7900gs (256MB) I sent back today RMA so I picked up an
> 8600gt (512MB) to use in the meantime. It seems like the 8600 is maybe a
> small step backwards in performance. Does anyone use a similar card and
> could tell me how it should perform? Thanks all!