XFX 8400 GS 256mb
Author: Matt Kemp
The XFX 8400 GS is a pretty decently performing little card. Gaming at 1024 x 768 with 2 x AA is a nice experience and was fairly smooth throughout testing. HD playback was good and the cards features are definately suitable for a media centre.
However my biggest problem is that the fan on the cooler is whiney at full speed and would get incredibly annoying, especially if it was a tense moment in a game or it happened to ramp up during movie playback.
For around £30 from our recommended retailer Komplett and SpecialTech the card is certainly well whithin reach for a large amount of the people wanting to play decent modern games at respectable resolutions.
This is also available at CCL Online
As such I am giving the card a "Value for Money Award". When XFX brings out the card with a passive cooler I won't hesitate to award our "HTPC Approved" Award too, and we'll look forward to this in the near future.
+ Decent performance at 1024 x 768
+ Good HD Media playback
+ Excellent Value for money
+ DX10 on a budget
* Not too bad looking
* Fairly cool
- Very loud fan at full load
Thanks to XFX for the review sample
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