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PNY GeForce 8500GT 512MB Review

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Objectivity. Webster's online dictionary defines it as "judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices." Subjectivity is defined as "judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts."

It's hard to be objective when reviewing graphics cards or any computer part for that matter. Sure, the hardware that is tested is done so with objectivity in mind. Set parameters are used and are consistent, which provides objective real data; the numbers don't lie. But everyone has a particular brand they like and/or one they dislike. Some may like PNY, some may not. Personally, I don't like PNY products. I find its products are cheap looking and appeal to those who want cheap rather than quality. Of course, this is just my opinion and is subjective; to each his own. I wonder how the PNY 8800 Ultra Overclocked 768MB PCIe would rate against the competition? Until OCC reviews one, we won't know.

Right from the beginning, the packaging on the PNY 8500GT looked dreadful. When opened, the protection was even worse, or rather the lack thereof. The card also looked cheaply built and flimsy, despite the fact it is a GeForce 8 Series performance enthusiast card. Furthermore, PNY has it listed at a lofty $149.99 on their webstore; that's too much. Of course it can be found for cheaper, but there are other products out there in this price range with better performance; one only has to look through the reviews on this website.

In all fairness, the PNY 8500GT is obviously better than onboard video. If you take graphics and gaming seriously, then this is not the graphics card for you. However, it is adequate for older, less graphically-demanding games and/or basic computing. Nevertheless, I should note that while benchmarking Rydermark, I tried benching the 8500GT with multiple resolutions (many times) and everytime it crashed. If you take your gaming even half seriously, then stay away from this one.



  • DirectX 10 support
  • Low power consumption



  • Expensive for the performance you get
  • Cheaply built
  • Poor packaging/protection
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  2. Installation and Configuration
  3. Specifications and Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: COD 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  9. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Conclusion
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