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Nvidia Launches $59 GeForce 9400 GT

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Nvidia silently launched their low entry-level GeForce 9400 GT graphics card Tuesday, priced competitively at $59.

Nvidia has updated its entry offerings in the consumer graphics market Tuesday with the new GeForce 9400 GT, which should replace last generation’s GeForce 8500 GT

With the 16 processor cores clocked at 1400 MHz, a graphics clock of 550 MHz, 512 MB of memory clocked at 400 MHz, and with a 128-bit Memory Interface Width, Nvidia claims its new GeForce 9400 GT to be twice as fast as the comparable 8 series graphics card. Manufacturing partners may of course deviate from the these reference specifications with their own offerings, including alternative cooling solutions.

While the new GeForce 9400 GT may not appeal to those looking for a serious gaming solution, considering the suggested retail price of $59, it does bring good value to those looking for an alternative to integrated graphics. The graphics card does support DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, CUDA general-purpose parallel computing, and hardware HD video acceleration, making it a great solution for speeding up the Windows Aero interface, Folding@Home computing, watching HD movies and more.

Early reviews of the GeForce 9400 GT online show it to be an excellent overclocker, yet not an ideal solution for dedicated gaming. With gaming performance of about half that of the GeForce 9500 GT, the GeForce 9400 GT struggles with modern graphically intensive games. Versions offering a passive cooling solutions could make for an excellent choice in a spacious HTPC, however.

Current competition based on similar prices for the GeForce 9400 GT will include the ATI Radeon HD 3650, Radeon HD 2600XT, Radeon X1650PRO and GeForce 8600 GT.

The GeForce 9400 GT is now filling retail channels.

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    zaratustra06 , August 26, 2008 9:15 PM
    Hmm I wonder how will this card perform as a second card for physx calculations only?
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    SirCrono , August 26, 2008 10:21 PM
    Seems like a great HTPC card, I hope it's not too noisy though.
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    invisik , August 26, 2008 11:54 PM
    ya i was thinking about using it for physics as well but the specs seems a little low.
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    liemfukliang , August 27, 2008 1:30 AM
    Did this card effected as G86 / G84 defect? If not this card should be great deal.
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    mr roboto , August 27, 2008 4:43 AM
    They're so cheap because Nvidia is recycling the defective G84 and G86 GPU's. Zing!
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2008 5:23 AM
    it is not the defective core they are selling
    I guess that they are simply overclocking the 8500GT and renaming it to 9400GT and sell it at a cheaper price.
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    AustinTierney , January 3, 2009 8:30 PM
    That is what I have and it runs quite and supports most of my games.
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    CHRISTLUBAS , June 26, 2009 4:30 PM
    This thing plays crysis on mine overclocked at lowest res no AA all High exempt sound
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    hbk1 , June 17, 2010 7:06 PM
    YES FINALLY SOMEONE TOLD RIGHT THING THIS CARD IS AWESOME I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2011 4:24 PM
    I purchased this thing for my old gl845 mobo, since it only supports PCI (no vga or pci-e) and was able to play every game that supported P4 2.8 processors (PGA478). They played flawlessly @ higest settings, I wasnt able to check it with multicore processor games (core 2, duo, quad) since my mobo doesn support those. This is possibly the best card for older mobos. But if you have a newer one (PGA775 or newer)that supports pci-e stick with the much better gt9500 or gt9600, still at bargain prices