XFX 8400 GS 256mb

Game Quality screenshots and HD playback

Game Quality Screenshots

Me telling you that I am playing at these settings is all very well, but what do they actually look like? Well I've compiled a few screenshots of the games I played through (though not necessarily actually during the test run) to show you what to expect. Click each image for full-size.

cnc 3 screenie cod 2

As you can see, Command and Conquer 3 looks pretty decent at this level of detail. Unfortunately whilst playing I was a little disappointed with CoD 2, but that may be just because I am used to it at Ultra-high resolution and detail.

fear detail quake 4 detail

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.

WMV HD


T2 HD

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

elephants dream

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.

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07-08-2007, 08:10:56

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

Take a look at this then

07-08-2007, 08:46:38

Rastalovich
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.

07-08-2007, 08:49:39

FarFarAway
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

07-08-2007, 08:53:26

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

Good job as ever.

07-08-2007, 09:55:27

Hyper
Great job as ever Kemp

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

07-08-2007, 10:15:02

Toxcity
Very nice read Kemp!

Looks like a solid card for the average user.

07-08-2007, 16:05:28

markkleb
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.

07-08-2007, 16:16:04

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

18-11-2007, 16:35:29

krzysiek.uk
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

18-11-2007, 16:42:38

Hatman
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.

18-11-2007, 17:07:58

krzysiek.uk
Thank you very much mate, now i know hoe it works

08-03-2008, 01:36:17

faaaaq
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 again

08-03-2008, 06:18:48

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

08-03-2008, 17:31:26

faaaaq
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.
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