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* Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
* Memory Installed: 256MB GDDR2
* Interface: PCI Express x16
* Memory Interface: 64 bit
* RAMDACs: 400 MHz
* NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology
* Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
* 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
* True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
* NVIDIA Quantum Effects physics processing technology
* One single-link DVI output supports one 1920x1200 resolution display
* NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
* HDCP capable
* OpenGL 2.1 support
* NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
* NVIDIA Lumenex Engine
* Built for Microsoft Windows Vista

I know this video card is absolutely useless for games other than pre-historic ones, however for a card that has DX10 support and HD capable seems a great price to me, however as always you will be the judge of that.

A couple of reviews (albeit branded versions) for this card.

http://sg.vr-zone.com/articles/Zotac_GeForce_8400GS_Review/5093-1.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1137/1/page_1_introduction/index.html

http://www.gamepyre.com/hardwared.html?aid=934&p=1
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#1
would this be better than my cheapo 7300 LE card? i dont do pc gaming just connect pc to my tv and some hd playback
#2
little better, wouldn't b much in it
#3
KiNG
little better, wouldn't b much in it


Agreed, gaming wise would be only slightly better.

VR review states following 'The 8400GS is the card to get if you don't game, HD playback is definitely smooth', so all depends how well your current card handles HD I guess.
#4
hmmm might get it anyway as looks hdcp capable so will save my running anydvd hd program everytime i want to watch an hd dvd
#5
Just to help me understand what games is this capable of handling?
#6
I have the Geforce 8400GS 128MB PCIe card (came with the ALDI PC) this must be better?
#7
munz007
Just to help me understand what games is this capable of handling?


pkr :w00t:
it would run couple year old games ok, but nothing new out
#8
munz007
Just to help me understand what games is this capable of handling?


It's designed as just a basic card for those who don't want onboard graphics for some reason (multi-monitor setups, specialist motherboards, overclocking etc.). For gaming I wouldn't expect much, this review reckons it gets 18fps on call of duty 2 at the lowest settings (although they don't mention resolution, and the card is presumably the G86 one). I would expect five years and older games to run fine on it and perhaps some newer ones specifically designed for lower end systems (WoW, Sims 2, HL2 etc.)

boonergooner
I have the Geforce 8400GS 128MB PCIe card (came with the ALDI PC) this must be better?


Have you got the G86 based one then? This one would be better in the sense that it's apparently the G98 one with Purevideo HD so it would assist in VC-1 video decoding.
#9
Have you got the G86 based one then? This one would be better in the sense that it's apparently the G98 one with Purevideo HD so it would assist in VC-1 video decoding.[/QUOTE]

How can I tell if I have the G86 type?
#10
Would this work on a dell vostro 200 base unit?
#11
KiNG
pkr :w00t:
it would run couple year old games ok, but nothing new out


i dispute this.... i have one of these in a (OLD) computer for my nephew and on ALL of the lowest settings (eg res graphics etc) it can do crysis but it dont look good though :thumbsup:

and you get 25fps this is all in DX9 mode.... basicly it can do something but not much (think of it as a chav video card):-D:whistling:
#12
would this be good for the Dell Sc440 server to mod?
#13
I've got a 8300 in a Dell vostro 200 and it seems ok. Not going to play the latest games I guess but is plenty good enough for video, star wars battlefront and other couple of year old games.

I've heard some talk of vostro's needing slim cards but I guess that is for the slim case. Mine appears to be the same size as all the AGP cards I've had over the years.

Bargain price for this though.
#14
Golaboots888
I've got a 8300 in a Dell vostro 200 and it seems ok. Not going to play the latest games I guess but is plenty good enough for video, star wars battlefront and other couple of year old games.

I've heard some talk of vostro's needing slim cards but I guess that is for the slim case. Mine appears to be the same size as all the AGP cards I've had over the years.

Bargain price for this though.


I have the Dell Vostro 200 base unit too - would this card make the system run a tad faster too, as opposed to the onboard graphics?
1 Like #15
worth noting that the ati 3000 series cards do hd playback and audio through the dvi port and hdmi cable into your tv. It's a nice neat solution.

Many of the Nvidia cards require an additional internal cable for audio (spdif) to be connected to the card if an hdmi port is included, otherwise it's a seperate sound cable to the HD TV as well as the DVI Video cable.

I'm not saying the ati cards are better - just in my experience a little more seamless for an extra £5 (ati 3450).
#16
This is better than the 7300LE, just not vastly so. It is worth buying instead of the 7300 card if you were to buy a card now and those were your choices. As said above, not a card for today's games (unless those games aren't too demanding or scale well, try Civ 4 or World in Conflict or Armageddon Empires) but a great card to get off of on-board graphics for applications.
#17
This is it...
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/125289/pny-geforce-8400gs-pcie-256mb.html?searchString=geforce+8400gs

Better than using your on board card...but not a real advantage, invest in something better if you ask me!

Good price!
#18
bindadesi
would this be good for the Dell Sc440 server to mod?


Yes, if you just want a cheap PCI-e card to chop around, this works fine - did mine yesterday!
#19
i have this card in my second pc and plays a lot of older games no problems ,LOTR battle for middle earth 2,Halo .Titan quest, No problems whatsoever,just dont expect it to do so well with latest games
#20
Good deal :thumbsup:, Can someone please suggest a similar priced card for my Vostro slim line desktop. It takes only half sized graphics cards.
#21
Great price for a low end 3D card,
#22
wozwebs
I have the Dell Vostro 200 base unit too - would this card make the system run a tad faster too, as opposed to the onboard graphics?


Would have thought so, on board graphics are generally cheap and use slow system ram. I'm no expert but even though an 8400 budget, it is current and does have it's own RAM.

For less than the price of a takeaway I would have thought it is a good upgrade.
#23
Anyone know if this would be ok for video editing work?
#24
Great deal thanks :thumbsup:

jeevan;2379667
Good deal :thumbsup:, Can someone please suggest a similar priced card for my Vostro slim line desktop. It takes only half sized graphics cards.


This is a half sized graphics card!
#25
boonergooner
How can I tell if I have the G86 type?


When did you buy the computer? The G86 one came out June last year and the G98 came out January this year.
1 Like #26
jeevan
Good deal :thumbsup:, Can someone please suggest a similar priced card for my Vostro slim line desktop. It takes only half sized graphics cards.


Here you go mate.

Just look for the ones that say "low profile" and they are what you are looking for. They did have some nice ATI 2400 ones in the other week in low profile format but it looks like they have sold out, ATI are better than Nvidia for HD playback if that is what your after. Not sure about the older ATI ones though, I am talking about the DX10 cards. (2 series and above.)


http://www.mcscom.co.uk/section.php?xSec=8&jssCart=5e47c1cbace2566548d999761f0c3c20
1 Like #27
Dubtitled
Anyone know if this would be ok for video editing work?


It will be fine for that. Video editing puts very little strain on video cards, it's all about raw processing power, loads of ram and fast HardDrives when it comes to video editing.
#28
Great for gaming if you enjoy UT99!
#29
I don't know much about computers (and the one I have is relatively low spec).
Presumably this card would be better than my current one - "Crucial Radeon 9250 (128mb)". Can someone confirm?
I don't play games much so don't need anything fancy (though I've had "X3 - The Reunion" sat on the shelf waiting to be played for a couple years - my computer struggles to play it if drop all the options to lowest settings. Would like to finally play that, as I loved the previous X games!).
#30
Hi,

I have an Athlon xp2700 computer motherboard and currently use an old Matrox g400? dual head graphics card as I use two monitors, it only has 64mgb ram and is pretty useless other then it runs two monitors, will this card run OK on this machine, I use 1gb of pc3200 ram ?

I mainly use the computer for Office based work and a bit of Photoshop and web building, nothing games wise ?

Thanks
#31
I have an onboard nvidia geforce 6150 all its used for is playing hd x264 files would this be better than that as it does struggle with 1080I files wouldn't even attempt 1080p.
1 Like #32
Late
I don't know much about computers (and the one I have is relatively low spec).
Presumably this card would be better than my current one - "Crucial Radeon 9250 (128mb)". Can someone confirm?
I don't play games much so don't need anything fancy (though I've had "X3 - The Reunion" sat on the shelf waiting to be played for a couple years - my computer struggles to play it if drop all the options to lowest settings. Would like to finally play that, as I loved the previous X games!).


Your 9250 will be the old AGP connection, this is PCI-express.

You wou8ld need to sell your computer and get a dual core setup for about £140 or so. I say get another one because it is pointess upgrading your current one as the costs would probably be close to the cost of a new setup. Belive it or not, the nwere technologies are much cheaper than the old ones, hence you can get a setup for about £140, and that is a fully blown decent one. You can get even better refurbished ones for the same price also mate.

If you did just want to play that game and are not really bothered about the rest of your setup, then go to eBay and search for AGP cards, here are some to look out for, 6600GT, 6800GT, 7600GS, 6800 ultra, 7600GT. These cards should be about £15-£35, just look for some auctions finishing but make sure they are the AGP connection!! These cards will play your games quite comfortably, I have listed them from worse to best, do not pay more than £20 for the first and £25 for the second in the list.

ATI cards would be something like the X800GTO, X800XL, X800XT or platinum, you also get the X850 sereis.

Then the X1800 and X1900 series are even better, but your looking at a little more, you may get an X1800 in the £20ish price range second hand.

Happy Chappy It sounds like you are in the same boat as above, your computer may use the older AGP format, so you will need an AGP card. Again if you don't game then any dual head card will do you, as your needs are not graphics intense. I can't understand why your struggling with your current card seeing as your needs are not using the card at all. Unless of course if you are now wanting to up the res or screen size of your minitors then it does make a difference.

Mix69 Yes this card will improve your HD content as it has a built in encoder which does all the work and leaves your CPU to do what it needs to.

Edit: Sorry this is the Nvidia card, the 2400pro for the same price in the other thread is the better card for HD content as it encodes the content on the card, whereas this one does not.
#33
Ordered but out of stock! Voted hot!
#34
I've been toying with getting a newer computer for a long while. I need more HDD space, and more ram, and a better graphics card - and I guess the processor needs replacing too. Replacing the whole lot makes sense.
Many thanks for the advice, Happyhour :D
Rep added.
#35
trd
Great for gaming if you enjoy UT99!


Suits me fine then, the only PC game I still play :thumbsup:
#36
Late
I've been toying with getting a newer computer for a long while. I need more HDD space, and more ram, and a better graphics card - and I guess the processor needs replacing too. Replacing the whole lot makes sense.
Many thanks for the advice, Happyhour :D
Rep added.


Nice bargain for you here mate with a full 1 year warranty from a very good company.

Warranty............... 1yr Return-to-Base Warranty
Model.................... Dimension E521
Case Type.............. Tower
CPU...................... AMD Athlon 64 x2 5000 2.6GHz
Memory (MB)........... 2048
Hard Disk (GB).......... 250
Optical Drive/s.......... DVD-RW
Video .................... 256mb Radeon X1300
Soundcard............... Onboard
USB Ports................ 6
Card Reader............ Yes

£133.89 delivered.

You will not find cheaper with a full years warranty.

Very ggod price and will suit you just fine mate.
#37
Where would I get that? Do you have a link, bud?
I'd need to bump the HDD space up a lot, but everything else looks good to my uneducated eye.
#38
|PM'd mate.
#39
I have a low profile HP DC7800. I can se from the pics that it is build for low profile but the bracket isnt. Is there anyway I can change the bracket on this to fit my PC? ANy ideas?

Also, I will hook it up to my HDTV so I am assuming it will work fine with the DVI to HDMI adaptor. I have always had issues with PC output via HDMI, it is never as good as a VGA cable. IDeas?
#40
would this card be better than my old XFX SLi GeForce 6800 Ultra 256? i need to replace it as the heatsink on it is huge!

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