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GIGABYTE GV-NX85T256H GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 16 CUDA Cores
  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • PCI Express x16
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So, you want to be able to run Vista and DirectX 10 games but you don’t want to spend a fortune. Then check out Gigabyte’s GeForce 8500GT based GV-NX85T256H. You get what you want and more. The massive heat sink eliminates the need for a noisy fan. And when you need more power, the card is SLI ready so you can easily increase the power of your video system.

It’s not always about the games. There’s movies too. The DVI-I port is HDCP compliant, so you can watch High Definition content on your large screen. And the DVI-I port is a dual-link port supporting large screens with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.

  • newegg NVIDIA Unified Architecture with GigaThread Technology The fully-unified shader core dynamically allocates processing power to geometry, vertex, physics and pixel shading operations, delivering incredibly true-to-life 3D graphics. In addition, the massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
  • newegg Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support The DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • newegg NVIDIA Lumenex Engine The NVIDIA Lumenex Engine supports 128-bit and 64-bit floating point HDR with up to 16x anti-aliasing, delivering vividly realistic lighting effects while obliterating “jaggies”.
  • newegg NVIDIA SLI Technology Delivers up to 2X the performance of a single GPU configuration for unmatchable gaming experiences. The must-have feature for PCI Express graphics, NVIDIA SLI technology allows two graphics cards to run in parallel and dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games.
  • newegg NVIDIA PureVideo Technology The combination of high-definition video processors and decoder software delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color and precise image scaling for all video content to turn your PC into a high-end home theater.
  • newegg Built for Microsoft Windows Vista Built for Windows Vista, NVIDIA's fourth-generation GPU architecture offers users the best possible experience using the Windows Aero 3D graphical user interface available in Microsoft latest operating system.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Derek S.
  • 10/23/2008 8:51:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: This has been a great board. So much built in and has been very stable.

Cons: Linux support was not good a few months ago. Things may have changed by now but it's not really the chipset's fault that it isn't supported yet.

Other Thoughts: Hope you don't have any problems because Gigabyte does not respond to anything in my experience.

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  • Jay M.
  • 10/16/2008 12:59:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Best $52 spent on a gfx card!
Excellent for games and really does get the job done!

Cons: A little big takes up a bit of space.
Maybe I just need a bigger case lol

Other Thoughts: Should have gone with the 512mb card instead lol

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/26/2008 8:18:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCOOL

Pros: Cool and fanless

Cons: none

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/11/2008 9:26:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfair

Pros: it is cheap, and great card for watching movie or regular use, but not for gaming. I look at previous reviews before buying it. people are saying it is not gaming card, and I didn't believe them. slows down when playing games. DOnt get this card if plan to play game.

Cons: not a gaming card

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/29/2008 5:17:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAnother happy HTPC customer

Pros: Silent, heatsink fits within single-width slot

Cons: Odd issues with nVidia drivers

Other Thoughts: I guess I got lucky with an open box version of this card. The first PC I tried it in, which has a socket 939 mobo with the nVidia 6100 chipset & Win XP Pro, wouldn't load the drivers correctly when this card was installed. It seemed to me that the drivers (v169.21 from nVidia) were the issue. I then installed this card in an HTPC with a socket 754 mobo with the nVidia 6100 chipset & Win XP MCE, since that was where I intended it to go anyway. Installing the same drivers, I got a message that they aren't compatible with XP Media Center Edition, hence my reason for being suspect of the drivers. But after a restart, all went well and the drivers loaded correctly. Video decoding is great and that is all I need from this card. I did try 3DMark05 and it shut itself down after the second test. I'm not too worried about it, since I won't need 3D with this PC. It runs about 60 degrees C idling in a well ventilated system and about 70 degrees under video decoding load. Not too bad.

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  • Kirk H.
  • 2/12/2008 12:50:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent programmer's Linux workstation card

Pros: Quiet, excellent image on a 22" LCD using the digital output. Runs well with Linux (OpenSuSE 10.2), with WinXPSP2, and when using a KVM (Gefen 2 port DVI KVM switch). I've been replacing all my video cards over time with no-fan cards, and been most pleased - the video card fans are always the largest, and seemingly always the first to fail - so having no video fan is a huge plus.

I'm not a gamer, but a professional programmer, and this card provides excellent performance for non-gamers.

Good value, too.

Cons: Can interfere with adjacent slot, requires good case cooling.

Other Thoughts: Try building a silent PC - they are sweet!

"Computers, like children, should be seen, and not heard."

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  • Ian L.
  • 2/6/2008 11:00:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent for what it is, but watch the space

Pros: HDCP compliant, WONDERFUL h264 decoding with Vista, pretty much everything you could want. Silent is incredible for HTPC's.

Cons: (A minor complaint)I'm not a fan of nVidia's driver software. I prefer ATI's catalyst control center. Still workable though. Just a tad less user friendly.

Watch the spacing with the heatsink. It's difficult to install a card next to the slot that this is in (despite the fact that it's a single slot solution). I have to wedge a piece of plastic inbetween my two cards to prevent them from touching.

Other Thoughts: This is pretty much the perfect video card for a Media Center PC.

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  • Jared M.
  • 12/26/2007 1:02:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDOA... I think???

Pros: The few times I got it to work it seemed to run average games ok in a 1680 X 1050 res.

Cons: It was DOA, but then worked but then didn't and then worked. I had to test it in two different systems and it messed up the bios and just wouldn't start-up, but would work sometimes. Also, it has a loose cooler on it that makes you unsure of it's cooling abilities and makes you wonder if it could easily be damaged during shipping.

Other Thoughts: Hold out for the 8800 or just get a used 6600 (like I did for $40) until the prices go down. I was also very unhappy about having to pay NewEgg for a restocking fee on a DOA/Defective item.

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  • Kristie G.
  • 12/19/2007 5:01:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOoookay

Pros: Its DX 10, all passive cooling for a quiet machine i built.

Cons: Still had to add a silent fan to it becuase the giant heat sink just wasnt enough.

Other Thoughts: by low & sell high

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  • Joel H.
  • 10/13/2007 7:24:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrashes Vista, HDTV so-so

Pros: None. 8500s are just not very good cards. I don't game -- so that was never an issue -- but they are inadequate even for an HTPC (if you want HD).

Cons: HDTV still jittery in XP, a little better in Vista Media Center, but Vista Media Center crashes and I get display errors. Not as often as with 7300GT but still happens. Overall quality of HD still not smooth. Again, better than 7300GT but still not good enough

Other Thoughts: My fault for going with 8500 instead of 8600. Now here's hoping that card works in Vista. With latest drivers, I've had no luck with 7300GT and 8500GT. If this next one fails, then I will have to try ATI.

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