Although the small circuit board of MSI’s Geforce 8400 GS comes equipped with 256 MB of DDR2 memory, the card’s Forceware driver reports 512 MB. The remaining 256 MB are “borrowed” from the system memory using a technique Nvidia calls Turbo-Cache.
With all options set to maximum quality (through the game menu), Dark Messiah, Doom 3 and Prey are playable without FSAA. If you want to play at higher resolutions or want better performance, you’ll have to reduce the quality a good deal. The chip lacks the processing power to run games such as Oblivion with HDR-rendering enabled. The Geforce 8400 GS offers an overall performance of 351.3 fps. For reference: The Geforce 8500 GT has a cumulative frame rate of 504 fps, the 8600 GT even scores 991 fps.
Its very low power consumption makes this chip easy to cool. The card’s small fan keeps the temperature at 46°C in 2D mode. Under 3D load, it only gets marginally warmer at 52°C. MSI’s bundled driver contains a feature called D.O.T (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) which allows dynamic overclocking by 2 to 10 percent.
- Budget 3D Cards for Vista
- MSI Geforce 8400 GS
- Geforce 8400 GS SLI
- HIS Radeon HD 2400 Pro
- MSI Radeon HD 2400 Pro Noise Free Edition
- Radeon HD 2400 Pro Crossfire
- HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo
- MSI Radeon HD 2600 Pro Noise Free Edition
- The Graphics Chips Compared
- Benchmarks Battlefield 2142
- Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
- Doom 3
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X
- Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls 4
- Warhammer Mark of Chaos v1.6
- 3DMark06 SM2
- 3DMark06 SM3 and HDR-R
- Cumulative Frame Rate, Pricing and Performance for Money
- Power Consumption in Watts
- Conclusion – Radeon HD 2600 Pro twice as fast as HD 2400 Pro