DirectX 10 Cards on a Budget

MSI Geforce 8400 GS

Geforce 8400GS Radeon HD2400Pro HD2600Pro

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.

Geforce 8400GS Radeon HD2400Pro HD2600ProGeforce 8400GS Radeon HD2400Pro HD2600Pro

Geforce 8400GS Radeon HD2400Pro HD2600ProGeforce 8400GS Radeon HD2400Pro HD2600Pro

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  • mactronix
    Im a bit lost for words really i had come to expect more from you guys.
    How come i started reading a review about entry level cards yet when we get to the benchmarks we have the full Nvidea range on display including a 8800gts.Its just rediculous.The title clearly says DX10 on a budget so how is a 8800gts relevant?
    I can understand having the 8600gts in the benchmarks but why no review ?is it by chance that the MSI card isnt really a 8600GTS as it dosent even have a referance chip and the pcb is different?
    Even if im wrong on that and you havent used the T2D256E-HD-OC as i suspect you have from the results then why on earth is the 2600XT running 7.6 drivers and the PRO 7.9.
    You cant possably hope to conduct a fair and unbiased set of tests if you are not using the same drivers.
    There are so many holes in this im wondering if you havent taken the Nvidea dollar as it sems so biased towards them and there products.
    Really Really dissapointed
  • danielcoles1989
    Mactronix, I dont think that they are suggesting that a 8800GTS is a budget segment card. Instead i believe that they are using this card as a 'benchmark' to show how the budget segment shape up to mainstream. This way you can see the performance gap between 8600, 8400, and 2400, 2600 and how they relate to the 8800GTS. This will hepl people decide wether it is worth them investing a little more money. This is reinforced by the fact that they didnt include it in the 'look at performing cards' and at all in the conclusion either.
  • mactronix
    While i understand what you are saying it dosent bear out simply because they havent included the 2900 in the benchmarks and if they were trying to compare to the mainstreem then surley it should have been there?
  • flashmahn
    While I do not assume to know everything PC related, this card has been a dissapointment in that no matter what config I try it does not boot to bios when using the DVI cables with LCD monitors.. No matter what I try I can not access BIOS and it will give a blank screen and then open Windows 30 seconds later. However when I use the VGA cables it boots to boot screen and I am able to get into bios.. Any ideas? I have tried different monitors and cables and the results are the same. I really dont want to have to use two converters when I have 2 dvi monitors and the outlets for them std. Feel like this should not even be an issue on such a modern board