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PNY GeForce 8500GT 512MB Review

Mussicho    -   October 8, 2007
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Specifications:

  • 8500GT 512MB
  • BUS Technology PCI Express
  • Memory Amount 512 MB DDR2
  • Memory Interface 128-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec.) 12.8
  • Fill Rate (billion pixels/sec.) 3.6
  • Stream Processors 32
  • Shader Clock (MHz) 900 MHz
  • Core Clock (MHz) 450 MHz
  • Memory Frequency (effective) 800 MHz

 

Key Features:

  • NVIDIA® unified architecture with GigaThread™ technology
  • Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
  • NVIDIA SLI™-Ready
  • 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
  • True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
  • NVIDIA Quantum Effects™ physics processing technology
  • Single dual-link DVI output supports 2560x1600 resolution displays
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology 1
  • HDCP Capable2
  • PCI Express® support
  • OpenGL® 2.0 support
  • NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™
  • Outputs: DVI+VGA+HDTV/S-Video
  • 1 - Supported video software is required to experience certain features. Go to www.nvidia.com
  • 2 – Requires other HDCP-compatible components
  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • Intel® or AMD® compatible motherboard
  • At least 512MB system RAM
  • A minimum 300W system power supply
  • A PCI Express® compliant motherboard
  • 50MB of available hard disk space
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP
  • VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor
  • Included in the box:
  • 8500 GT 512MB PCIE graphics card
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1 DVI-to-VGA Adapter
  • S-Video Cable
  • HDTV Break-out Pod
  • CD which includes:
  • Detailed Installation Guide (PDF File)
  • NVIDIA Forceware Drivers
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
  • NVIDIA GeForce Demos
  • PNY and NVIDIA Desktop Wallpapers

 

GeForce 8500 GT Features & Benefits:

  • NVIDIA® unified architecture: Fully unified shader core dynamically allocates processing power to geometry, vertex, physics, or pixel shading operations, delivering up to 2x the gaming performance of prior generation GPUs.
  • GigaThread™ Technology: Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
  • Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Support: World’s first DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology1: Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single graphics card configuration for unequaled gaming experiences by allowing two cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express® graphics, SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today’s hottest games.
  • 16x Anti-aliasing: Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
  • 128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR): Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.
  • NVIDIA® Quantum Effects™ Technology: Advanced shader processors architected for physics computation enable a new level of physics effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU—all while freeing the CPU to run the game engine and AI.
  • NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA): Delivers a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications. ForceWare provides the best out-of-box experience and delivers continuous performance and feature updates over the life of NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs.
  • OpenGL® 2.0 Optimizations and Support: Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.
  • NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology: Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexibility and control for multiple monitors.
  • PCI Express Support: Designed to run perfectly with the PCI Express bus architecture, which doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X to deliver over 4 GB/sec. in both upstream and downstream data transfers.
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs: Blazing-fast RAMDACs support dual QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates–up to 2048x1536@85Hz. (UDA)
  • Dual Dual-link DVI Support: Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600.
  • Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™: NVIDIA’s fourth-generation GPU architecture built for Windows Vista gives users the best possible experience with the Windows Aero 3D graphical user interface.
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Technology 2: The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
  • Discrete, Programmable Video Processor: NVIDIA PureVideo is a discrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that provides superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with low CPU utilization and power.
  • Hardware Decode Acceleration: Provides ultra-smooth playback of H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 HD and SD movies.
  • HDCP Capable3: Designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays.
  • Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing: Sharpens interlaced content on progressive displays, delivering a crisp, clear picture that rivals high-end home-theater systems.
  • High-Quality Scaling: Enlarges lower resolution movies and videos to HDTV resolutions, up to 1080i, while maintaining a clear, clean image. Also provides downscaling of videos, including high-definition, while preserving image detail.
  • Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction): Recovers original film images from films-converted-to-video, providing more accurate movie playback and superior picture quality.
  • Bad Edit Correction: When videos are edited after they have been converted from 24 to 25 or 30 frames, the edits can disrupt the normal 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown cadence. PureVideo uses advanced processing techniques to detect poor edits, recover the original content, and display perfect picture detail frame after frame for smooth, natural looking video.
  • Video Color Correction: NVIDIA’s Color Correction Controls, such as Brightness, Contrast and Gamma Correction let you compensate for the different color characteristics of various RGB monitors and TVs ensuring movies are not too dark, overly bright, or washed out regardless of the video format or display type.
  • Integrated SD and HD TV Output: Provides world-class TV-out functionality via Composite, S-Video, Component, or DVI connections. Supports resolutions up to 1080p depending on connection type and TV capability.
  • Noise Reduction: Improves movie image quality by removing unwanted artifacts.
  • Edge Enhancement: Sharpens movie images by providing higher contrast around lines and objects.
  • 1 - NVIDIA SLI certified versions of GeForce PCI Express GPUs only.
  • 2 - Feature requires supported video software. Features may vary by product.
  • 3 - Requires other HDCP-compatible components.
  • Warranty and Service - One year (plus an additional 2 years upon completion of a registration form on PNY's website)
  • The latest up-to-date drivers at www.pny.com/support



  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  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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