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Garmin GPSMAP 8600xsv vs 7600xsv

Feature & Specs | Comparison

by | Last updated: Mar 28, 2024

About Review Marine - Rodney on Deck of the HUNA Flying the Drone

GPSMAP 8600xsv or 7600xsv?


 

What’s the difference between the Garmin 8600xsv and the 7600xsv Series?

 

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 ClearVü vs UHD ClearVü

 

Better Screens – The 8600 touchscreens are also 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. It’s very clear and very bright.

 

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

 

Garmin GPSMAP 8612xsv - Rear Connections

Garmin GPSMAP 8600 – Rear Connections

 


 

Garmin 7600 | Rear Connections

Garmin 7600 | Rear Connections

 

Chart Cards – Another key difference is the memory card slots.

  • The 7600 has 2 slots in the front
  • The 8600 has 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.

The general consensus is… that if you are building a new boat or need the new features, opt. for the 8600.

But… if you just want 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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Garmin GPSMAP - 8600 vs 7600

Garmin 7616xsv vs 8616xsv

General

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
Model Garmin GPSmap 7616xsv Garmin GPSmap 8612xsv
SEE 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

Garmin 7616xsvGarmin 8616xsv
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 8612xsv

General

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
Model Garmin GPSmap 7612xsv Garmin GPSmap 8612xsv
SEE 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

Garmin 7612xsvGarmin 8612xsv
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

Garmin 7610xsv vs 8610xsv

General

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model 7610xsv GPSMAP 8610xsv
Physical dimensions 11.4” x 8.1” x 3”
(28.9 x 20.6 x 7.6 cm)
10.25" x 8.0625 "x 2.95"
25.9cm x 20.5cm x 7.5cm
Weight 5.2 lbs. 5.2 lbs.
Water rating IPX7 IPX7
Display type WXGA display WUXGA | IPS Touchsreen
Display size 8.6” x 5.3”; 10.1" diagonal
(21.8 x 13.5 cm; 25.7 cm diagonal)
8.6" x 5.4"; 10.1" diagonal
21.8cm x 13.7cm; 25.7cm 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: 27 W
Typical current draw at 12 Vdc: 1.8 A
Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 2.3 A
2.7A | 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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model 7610xsv 8610xsv
On-Board Memory No 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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Tide Tables Yes Yes

Chartplotter Features

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model 7610xsv 8610xsv
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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model 7610xsv 8610xsv
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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model 7610xsv 8610xsv
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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
Model Garmin GPSmap 7610xsv Garmin GPSmap 8610xsv
SEE PRICE »» Garmin GPSMap 7610xsv - Price Garmin GPSMap 8610xsv - 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

Garmin 7610xsvGarmin 8610xsv
In The Box 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
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
Rodney L.

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With over a decade of experience in the marine electronics industry and over 30 years of cruising the Bahamas on boats of all kinds, Rodney is well-positioned to help boaters of all levels sift through the many choices we have today in marine electronics.

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