XFX 8400 GS 256mb
Published: 7th August 2007 | Source: XFX | Price: |
The XFX 8400 GS is a half-height graphics card and as such is totally suited to HTPC and Media Centre PC's. With an attractive black PCB the card starts off on a good foot with me. The cooler is pretty small and bordering on tacky looking but I don't think this card was exactly made for a case with a window. This slightly budget appearance is made worse by the piece of wire connecting the VGA output to the PCB.
The chip has a small shim on it and unlike the 8800 chip is actually "naked" with no IHS.
The main point of contention people may have with this card isn't really its diminutive size, it's the cooler XFX have chosen to put with it.
The fan that is on the card is a very small size fan and although quiet at idle, makes a loud high-pitch whining noise when at full load. On a positive note the temperatures were 47°C at idle and 56°C load with a rather hot 27°C ambient.