FEAR and Quake 4 scaled very well, looking pretty nice at this level of detail.
Overall gaming at 1024 x 768 and 2 x AA was a pretty decent experience. Is it worth spending the extra for high resolution and detail? Depends on your aim I suppose, but I prefer higher resolution gaming.HD Playback
HD playback is something that many people are pretty keen to get in their media centres and HTPC's. I tested the HD playback quality using both Windows Media Player 11 WMV HD content (Terminator 2 HD) and H.264 playback using the open-source movie Elephants Dream
. I used my Dell 2405 FPW for 1080i and 720p playback. I made sure that I scaled down the screen to fit the content to properley judge the image quality. I used the PureVideo
features of the GPU during the review.
Playing back WMV HD content was a good experience at 720p. The playback was smooth and glitch free. Moving up to 1080i there was the very occassional stutter, but this was only noticible as I was watching very closely.H.264 Content
Playback of H.264 content was smooth throughout and was a pleasurable experience again. No stutter was experienced.
Generally I saw fairly low CPU usage during playback and luckily the dreaded whiney fan didn't kick in during play. I would say that the XFX 8400 GS is more than suitable for media centre HD content. nVidia's PureVideo
made short work of both HD formats used.
Note that the XFX 8400 GS is HDCP-ready and could in theory be used with a HDCP TV.
Additionally after enquiring with XFX about the noise I have found out that an XFX 8400 GS is being produced without a fan, though pricing and availability is not available at this time.