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Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 256 MB DDR3 PCI with Native HDMI Graphics Card SFPC84GS256U2LP


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  • 40nm Processor Technology
  • Advanced cooler design, High performance, Low RPM cooler
  • Low profile design
  • Native HDMI & HDMI 1.3a support
  • integrated Audio for HDMI
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sparkle Computer
  • Model: SFPC84GS256U2LP
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA
  • Graphics Ram: 256.0 MB
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.5 x 12 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001G6QDLM
  • Item model number: SFPC84GS256U2LP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2008

Product Description

Next-generation gaming has arrived. Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 256MB DDR3 gives your games an adrenaline shot with incredible performance and futuristic, visually-stunning graphics. Experience heart-pounding, cinematic visuals on your favorite games with the combined power of DirectX 10, CUDA™, and NVIDIA® PhysX® technologies. And expand your visual real estate across three HD displays in jaw-dropping stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate in immersive gaming.

Customer Reviews

Technically, installation is a breeze.
Steven R. Roth
Originally I wanted to have this computer serve as a media center, but decided to make it a gaming system for older emulators and the like instead.
L. Esparza
The G86 has 16 SP's for dramatically better 3D performance but has limited HD video acceleration support.
Terrance S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terrance S. VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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I decided to go with the Sparkle 8400GS PCI because a relative of mine bought a wide-screen LCD monitor, but didn't realize that their computer did not support them. (The SIS 661 chipset is infamous for having issues with 1440x900...while the desktop was still visible, the 4:3 output was upscaled and stretched to fit the monitor's 16:10 and caused people to look short and fat in pictures, etc.)

Since the computer was only used for email, looking at pictures, and general surfing, I figured that by adding more RAM and upgrading the graphics card, the machine's service life could be extended by several years. With a long-term solution in mind, I went with a fanless card since it's entirely maintenance-free. Also, I went with the 256MB over the 512MB/1GB models since there was no added benefit in my application. Overall, the card's been perfect and installed without any drama ~ basically I uninstalled the existing display drivers, popped in the new card, and installed the nVidia drivers.

For the more technical minded:
1) The 8400GS GPU is natively PCIe, so for these PCI editions, a bridge chip is employed. This bridge chip presents itself as a first generation PCIe x1 connection, but that is already more bandwidth than what the PCI bus will carry. What this means is that the PCI 8400GS is actually bottlenecked by the PCI bus and will have measurably inferior performance when compared to the PCIe version. (This also implies that getting a much more powerful GPU for the PCI bus is overkill since it will also be bottlenecked!)
2) There are actually two versions of the 8400GS: there is the original G86 version which has been discontinued, and the current G98. The G86 has 16 SP's for dramatically better 3D performance but has limited HD video acceleration support.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tech Enthusiast on November 29, 2010
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Keep in mind that this card's heat sink (probably because it avoid using a fan) requires two PCI slot widths. Check that your system has space before you buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ObliqueStrat on June 28, 2010
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I purchased this for a dual monitor setup and am quite happy with the results. The installation was smooth and fairly simple. I was up and running in minutes. I don't need fast graphics for gaming. I just use it for music recording, and it completely satisfies my hopes. The only thing to keep in mind is that the card's heat sink is slightly wide. In my case, the card was too wide to fit next to my PCI audio card. So I swapped PCI slots and all was fine. Would recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Matherly on November 3, 2010
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I bought this card to install in a PC that only has PCI slots (no AGP and no PCIe). The PC runs Ubuntu 10.10. Ubuntu had no problem finding the card. And it uses the card's hardware acceleration for full screen video display. I'm very happy with the performance of this card.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By game on July 11, 2011
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Pros:
It can decode full HD (h264 1920x1080@24Hz) with subtitles.
HDMI audio supports up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed audio.

Cons:
It can NOT handle 16 reference frames.
Underscans (adds black borders all around) by default on the HDMI out (had to adjust this in the driver settings).
It was $15 more when I bought it a week and a half ago :(
It came with an S-Video cable... this card can't even use that!

This effectively turned an old HP with a 2.2GHz Celeron into a HTPC... with limitations... It can't handle 16 reference frames, but it can handle 8.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2011
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This is NOT a gamer's card. It is a Home Theater card. It is, I believe, the lowest level NVidia Card that can work with Adobe Flash Player 10.2+ to decode Flash files such as shown on YouTube, Hulu, etc. reducing the CPU load dramatically Note that it is passively cooled (no fan) and so is silent. At full tilt, the heat is reasonably low. In all, a good buy for and old PC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Esparza on January 12, 2012
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I ordered this card to slightly modernize an ancient Pentium 4 Dell I had lying around. Originally I wanted to have this computer serve as a media center, but decided to make it a gaming system for older emulators and the like instead. This relic of a machine only had PCI slots, so this card was perfect for my project. For what it is, it's good. I had no problems hooking it up to my big flat screen via HDMI. One thing I will mention is that every once in a while I get graphical artifacts on my screen, especially on some older MMO's. No big deal, it was only 40 bucks! Thanks to this card, I was able to save a machine that was destined for the garbage bin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2011
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Was looking for a half decent PCI video card for an old computer. Many choices but this seemed to do what was needed for it. Was a quick install. Worked perfectly. Have another older computer which needs the same thing. Will definately be using this product.
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