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Garmin 8610xsv vs Garmin 7610xsv

Garmin GPSMAP - 8600 vs 7600 Comparison

 


 

What is the difference between the Garmin 8600 and the 7600?

 

The key difference is in performance but there are some additional features and more rear connections.

Here’s the detailed breakdown.

 

In short, the 8600s are faster, have a much crisper looking screen and come preloaded with the new BlueChart g3 U.S. coastal and LakeVü g3 maps featuring Navionics data. The 7600 series comes with BlueChart g2 U.S. coastal.

Another big addition is the Ultra High-Definition ClearVü | SideVü scanning sonar with a connection for Livescope.

UHD sonar transmits brilliant image clarity of structure and fish at greater depths than other high-frequency scanning sonars by utilizing a downward-facing element that puts more power on targets.

 

Garmin Clearvu vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar

Clearvu vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar

 

The 8600 touchscreens are built around the new Full HD In-plane Switching (IPS) technology that enables us to see the screen from virtually any angle and even with polarized sunglasses. Its very clear and very bright.

The other notable differences are the rear connections. The 8600 series have 2 HDMI connections, a USB port, a LVS Sonar connection and an audio out plug. See side by side comparison below

 

Garmin GPSMAP 8612xsv - Rear Connections

Garmin 8600 | Rear Connections

 

Garmin 7600 | Rear Connections

Garmin 7600 | Rear Connections

 

Another key difference are the memory card slots. The 7600 has 2 slots in the front but the 8600 has the 2 slots in the back. 

The benefit is that the 8600 has a slightly smaller footprint but I record a lot of sonar for reviewing later on homeport as well as merging data from boat to boat and getting easy access to the back of the unit isn’t always easy.

The solution is to add an external card reader, but then again that’s something else to buy/install.

I’ve included a detailed comparison below along with the a couple pictures of the rear connections of both. 

The general consensus is… that if you are building a new boat or need the new features, opt. for the 8600 but if your just wanting a second unit and already have a 7600, then stick to the 7600 because they are solid units and quite a bit less expensive. 

Note: XSV = Built in Sonar

 

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7610xsv | 7612xsv | 7616xsv

8610xsv | 8612xsv | 8616xsv

 


 

Garmin 8600 vs 7600

 

Garmin GPSMAP - 8600 vs 7600

Garmin | 8600 vs 7600 – Detailed Comparison

 


 

 

Garmin 7616xsv vs Garmin 8616xsv

Product Name

Garmin 7616xsv

Garmin 8616xsv

Product Image Garmin 7616xsv Garmin 8616xsv
Price
Our Rating NaN.0 NaN.0
Brand Garmin Garmin
Category Chartplotters | Fishfinders Chartplotters | Fishfinders

General

Model 7616xsv GPSMAP 8616xsv
Physical dimensions 16.8" x 10.8" x 3.4"
(42.7 x 27.4 x 8.6 cm)
15.1" x 10.3" x 3"
38.5cm x 26.3cm x 7.6cm
Weight 9.5 lbs. 9.6 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WXGA display WUXGA | IPS Touchsreen
Display size 13.6" x 7.6"; 15.6" diagonal
(34.5 x 19.3 cm; 39.6 cm diagonal)
13.6" x 7.7"| 15.6" diagonal
Display resolution 1366 x 768 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available Not Available
Power consumption Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 57.2 W
Typical current draw at 12 Vdc: 3.8 A
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 5.2 A
4.2A | 10-32V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA_2000 Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Mounting options Bail, flat or flush Bail, flat or flush

Maps & Memory

Model 7616xsv 8616xsv
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 2 SD™ cards 2 Micro SD™ cards
Waypoints 5,000 5,000
Routes 100 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g2 (US & Western Canada coastal)
LakeVü HD (inland)
BlueChart® g3 and LakeVü g3

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model 7616xsv 8616xsv
Radar compatible Yes Yes
Sonar compatible Traditional: 50/200, 77/200, 83/200
Single Channel CHIRP: 40-250
Dual Channel CHIRP: 40-250
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455
(dependent on transducer)
Traditional CHIRP:
Single Channel CHIRP:
Dual Channel CHIRP:
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP
Ultra High-Definition ClearVü:
Ultra High-Definition SideVü:

Panoptix - With Black Box
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather SiriusXM SiriusXM
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link Garmin Meteor | FUSION-Link FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes Yes
Planning Software Compatible Yes - BlueChart® Mobile No
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible GRID GRID
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected
Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model 7616xsv 8612xsv
Transmit Power 1kW 1kW Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 77/200, 83/200 Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250 Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250
ClearVü | Down ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455 ClearVü: | UHD ClearVü
SideVü | Side SideVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455 SideVü: | UHD SideVü:
Forward View No Yes | With Black Box

Connections

Model 7616xsv 8612xsv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 2 1 differential
NMEA 0183 output ports 2 1 differential
Marine Network Ports 2 2
Video input ports 2 Composite 1 - BNC composite | 1 - HDMI
Video output ports 1 DVI-D 1 HDMI
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes
Other Ports J1939 Compatible

Additional

Model Garmin GPSmap 7616xsv Garmin GPSmap 8612xsv
Current Price Garmin GPSMap 7616xsv - Price Garmin GPSMap 8616xsv - Price
Additional - 1 Garmin Meteor™ Audio System compatible Sailing Features
Additional - 2 BlueChart® Mobile (planning) compatible Supports OneHelm
Additional - 3 Map & Sonar Sharing Supports Smartmode monitor presets

In The Box

In The Box GPSMAP 7616xsv preloaded with U.S. BlueChart® g2 and U.S. LakeVü™ HD
Power/data cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Protective cover
Documentation
GPSMAP 8616xsv
Power cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
NMEA 2000 T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Sun cover
Trim piece snap covers
Documentation

 



 

Garmin 7612xsv vs Garmin 8612xsv

Product Name

Garmin 7612xsv

Garmin 8612xsv

Product Image Garmin 7612xsv Garmin 8612xsv
Price
Our Rating NaN.0 NaN.0
Brand Garmin Garmin
Category Chartplotters | Fishfinders Chartplotters | Fishfinders

General

Model 7612xsv GPSMAP 8612xsv
Physical dimensions 13” x 8.9” x 3.1”
(33.0 x 22.6 x 7.9 cm)
11.9" x 8.5"x 3"
30.3cm x 21.6cm x 7.6cm
Weight 6.0 lbs. 6.0 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WXGA display WUXGA | IPS Touchsreen
Display size 10.3” x 6.4”; 12.1" diagonal
(26.2 x 16.3 cm; 30.7 cm diagonal)
10.1" x 5.7" | 11.6" diagonal
25.7cm x 14.5cm | 29.5cm diagonal
Display resolution 1280 x 800 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available Not Available
Power consumption Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 36 W
Typical current draw at 12 Vdc: 2.5 A
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 3.0 A
3.1A | 10-32V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA_2000 Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Mounting options Bail, flat or flush Bail, flat or flush

Maps & Memory

Model 7612xsv 8612xsv
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 2 SD™ cards 2 Micro SD™ cards
Waypoints 5,000 5,000
Routes 100 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g2 (US & Western Canada coastal)
LakeVü HD (inland)
BlueChart® g3 and LakeVü g3

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model 7612xsv 8612xsv
Radar compatible Yes Yes
Sonar compatible Traditional: 50/200, 77/200, 83/200
Single Channel CHIRP: 40-250
Dual Channel CHIRP: 40-250
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455
(dependent on transducer)
Traditional CHIRP:
Single Channel CHIRP:
Dual Channel CHIRP:
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP
Ultra High-Definition ClearVü:
Ultra High-Definition SideVü:

Panoptix - With Black Box
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather SiriusXM SiriusXM
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link Garmin Meteor | FUSION-Link FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes Yes
Planning Software Compatible Yes - BlueChart® Mobile No
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible GRID GRID
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected
Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model 7612xsv 8612xsv
Transmit Power 1kW 1kW Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 77/200, 83/200 Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250 Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250
ClearVü | Down ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455 ClearVü: | UHD ClearVü
SideVü | Side SideVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455 SideVü: | UHD SideVü:
Forward View No Yes | With Black Box

Connections

Model 7612xsv 8612xsv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 2 1 differential
NMEA 0183 output ports 2 1 differential
Marine Network Ports 2 2
Video input ports 2 Composite 1 - BNC composite | 1 - HDMI
Video output ports 1 DVI-D 1 HDMI
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes
Other Ports J1939 Compatible

Additional

Model Garmin GPSmap 7612xsv Garmin GPSmap 8612xsv
Current Price Garmin GPSMap 7612xsv - Price Garmin GPSMap 8612xsv - Price
Additional - 1 Garmin Meteor™ Audio System compatible Sailing Features
Additional - 2 BlueChart® Mobile (planning) compatible Supports OneHelm
Additional - 3 Map & Sonar Sharing Supports Smartmode monitor presets

In The Box

In The Box GPSMAP 7612xsv preloaded with U.S. BlueChart® g2 and U.S. LakeVü™ HD
Power/data cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Protective cover
Documentation
GPSMAP 8612xsv
Power cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
NMEA 2000 T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Sun cover
Trim piece snap covers
Documentation

 



 

 

General

Model GPSMAP 8610xsv 7610xsv
Physical dimensions 10.25" x 8.0625 "x 2.95"
25.9cm x 20.5cm x 7.5cm
11.4” x 8.1” x 3”
(28.9 x 20.6 x 7.6 cm)
Weight 5.2 lbs. 5.2 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WUXGA | IPS Touchsreen WXGA display
Display size 8.6" x 5.4"; 10.1" diagonal
21.8cm x 13.7cm; 25.7cm diagonal
8.6” x 5.3”; 10.1" diagonal
(21.8 x 13.5 cm; 25.7 cm diagonal)
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available Not Available
Power consumption 2.7A | 10-32V Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 27 W
Typical current draw at 12 Vdc: 1.8 A
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 2.3 A
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA_2000 Internal or external NMEA_2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS/Galileo 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS
Mounting options Bail, flat or flush Bail, flat or flush

Maps & Memory

Model 8610xsv 7610xsv
On-Board Memory No No
Accepts data cards 2 Micro SD™ cards 2 SD™ cards
Waypoints 5,000 5,000
Routes 100 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g3 and LakeVü g3 BlueChart® g2 (US & Western Canada coastal)
LakeVü HD (inland)

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model 8610xsv 7610xsv
Radar compatible Yes Yes
Sonar compatible Traditional CHIRP:
Single Channel CHIRP:
Dual Channel CHIRP:
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP
Ultra High-Definition ClearVü:
Ultra High-Definition SideVü:

Panoptix - With Black Box
Traditional: 50/200, 77/200, 83/200
Single Channel CHIRP: 40-250
Dual Channel CHIRP: 40-250
SideVü/ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455
(dependent on transducer)
Supports AIS Yes Yes
Weather SiriusXM SiriusXM
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes Yes
Supports FUSION-Link FUSION-Link Garmin Meteor | FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes Yes
Planning Software Compatible No Yes - BlueChart® Mobile
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible GRID GRID
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected
Navigation
Anchor
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model 8610xsv 7610xsv
Transmit Power 1kW Traditional | 500W SideVü/ClearVü 1kW
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200 Yes - 77/200, 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250 Single CHIRP: 40-250 | Dual CHIRP: 40-250
ClearVü | Down ClearVü: | UHD ClearVü ClearVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455
SideVü | Side SideVü: | UHD SideVü: SideVü: CHIRP 455/800 & CHIRP 260/455
Forward View Yes | With Black Box No

Connections

Model 8610xsv 7610xsv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 1 differential 2
NMEA 0183 output ports 1 differential 2
Marine Network Ports 2 2
Video input ports 1 - BNC composite | 1 - HDMI 2 Composite
Video output ports 1 HDMI 1 DVI-D
Wireless connectivity Yes Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes Yes
Other Ports J1939 Compatible

Additional

Model Garmin GPSmap 8610xsv Garmin GPSmap 7610xsv
Current Price Garmin GPSMap 8610xsv - Price Garmin GPSMap 7610xsv - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features Garmin Meteor™ Audio System compatible
Additional - 2 Supports OneHelm BlueChart® Mobile (planning) compatible
Additional - 3 Supports Smartmode monitor presets Map & Sonar Sharing

In The Box

In The Box GPSMAP 8610xsv
Power cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
NMEA 2000 T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Sun cover
Trim piece snap covers
Documentation
GPSMAP 7610xsv preloaded with U.S. BlueChart® g2 and U.S. LakeVü™ HD
Power/data cable
NMEA 2000® drop cable
T-connector
Bail mount with knobs
Flush mount kit
Protective cover
Documentation

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