XFX 8400 GS 256mb

Test Setup notes

Test Setup

The setup is:

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.33Ghz
Motherboard: XFX 650i Ultra
RAM: 1gb Mushkin XP2-5300 4-4-4-12
Sound: Creative Labs X-Fi fatal1ty FPS
HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
Power: Silverstone Zeus 560w
Case: Silverstone TJ09
Cooling: Scythe Infinity

As this card is a low end card I really don't have a whole lot to compare to (and the previous low end card setup was with an AMD 64 single core machine). However I will try to portray the card as best as I can using the target resolution of 1024 x 768 with 2 x AA.

I am using a manual run-through of the games listed, exactly the same as in previous reviews, but doing it slightly differently to get some consistant numbers. As stated above the target resolution is 1024 x 768 with 2 x AA. All synthetic benchmarks are at the stock resolution.

For installation I have installed the card as usual , checked that the card is seated correctly and powered on.

I am using a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP2 with all the latest patches.

nVidia drivers used were 162.18
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Most Recent Comments

07-08-2007, 08:10:56

DX10 gaming on a budget? Looking for a cheap card for your PC?

Take a look at this thenQuote

07-08-2007, 08:46:38

Have tbh Kemp, u`ve been pretty fair with that summation of the card considering that u`ve obviously be cranking out on rigs with 8800+++.

The card and packaging are as I expected. I`ve got 3 cards in this range previously (meaning below the x600), the 7300, 6500, 6200 (one of those may be wrong number) from XFX and they`ve pretty much been packaged as u`ve described. Box about the size of the card, low profile and the only difference being a passive old-skool looking sink. (which they seem to be implying the 8400 will have in the future)

I know this is around £30, but as time goes by it`ll push £20 as close as it can - especially around the dawn of the 98xx arrivals. There after u`ll catch them for less than £20. (I bought some of the above for £15-£18 pfft)

This card is what it is, as were the previous ones, I think we should appreciate that. It`ll work in a working desktop very well, a workhorse server type pc that u just basically want a display, and has the benefits of crossing to u`r htpc with some added kick.

£20-£30 - and knowing what u`r buying it for, they fill the gap for me. I am a little supprized it doesn`t play C&C a bit better, usually tho with this range of card u can get away with shutting everything down to minimum u can get away with it - but u have to appreciate that that is what u are doing.

Fits in the market well for me.Quote

07-08-2007, 08:49:39

Aye indeed. I think the card fits well in it's niche and really is great vfm

It's hard to look at a card like this when you're playing around with uber high end stuff all day but I think I gave it a fair shout and it performed well for it.

Hope y'all think it's a fair review Quote

07-08-2007, 08:53:26

What more do you need for a non-gaming HTPC?

Good job as ever.Quote

07-08-2007, 09:55:27

Great job as ever Kemp

Our of interest, how many views does the average review get?Quote

07-08-2007, 10:15:02

Very nice read Kemp!

Looks like a solid card for the average user.Quote

07-08-2007, 16:05:28

I also enjoyed ur review Kempez..It is especially helpful because there is a large group around me that will never be able to go with the 8800 series.

Its nice to know you dont have to spend a lot to get a GPU.Quote

07-08-2007, 16:16:04

That's one fantastic value gfx card. I agree about the HSF, my first impression was "why not use a big Alu passive heatsink?".Quote

18-11-2007, 16:35:29

Hello, i got a guestion about memory clock wich shall be a 800mhz in stock but in the ntune and RivaTuner it shows 400 someone know what might be wrong or i just dont know something Quote

18-11-2007, 16:42:38

DDR is double data rate, which means your normal memory clock is doubled. So 400mhz = 800mhz DDR, this is where it gets it from, that applies whether its ddr, ddr2, gddr3, w/e.Quote

18-11-2007, 17:07:58

Thank you very much mate, now i know hoe it works Quote

08-03-2008, 01:36:17

thanks very much, just purchased an HP Media Center PC (m9040n) and it comes with an 8400 pre-installed. Altho not exactly the same as the one in your review, it should be similar enough for me to base my choice on whether or not to upgrade or not. I have a very low budget, so upgrade choices may not even be worth the purchase. THank you againQuote

08-03-2008, 06:18:48

No probs. If you're on a budget the 8400 is a decent enough card to play basic games on Quote

08-03-2008, 17:31:26

the card should be fine, but do you have any recommendations for cards around 50-$100 that are worth a purchase? I might have found some, but im not sure and im on a really small budget. I know spending 50-100 more than that would get me a much better card, but i dont have that much to spare.Quote

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