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MSI GeForce 9400 GT DirectX 10 N9400GT-MD512H 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card

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  • 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • Core Clock 550 MHz
  • 1 x DVI 1 x HDMI
  • 16 CUDA Cores
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16

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GeForce 9400 GT Graphics card offer the HDMI functionality to provide access to premium digital content. The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • maxim s.
  • 11/16/2009 12:28:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt was good and then it died

Pros: It worked, it was silent.

Cons: No real cons. I was unlucky - it died on me.

Other Thoughts: It died after about 45 days I installed it into my HTPC - very lightly used - just a few hours/week. Bad luck, I guess.
Otherwise, it performed well, while it was alive.

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  • Heather K.
  • 10/5/2009 6:29:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBeware Audio

Pros: Video quality was better than the Radeon 4350 it replaced.

Cons: Audio must be piped through your audio device via an S/PDIF cable. No true HDMI audio device. My Vista Media Center or PowerDVD for Blu-Ray would not play digital audio.

Other Thoughts: If you use XBMC for your HTPC, then this should work ok.

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  • Erik H.
  • 9/8/2009 5:19:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat silent video card with significant shortcomings

Pros: For non-gaming apps, this is a great card. More than fast enough for HD video, image and video editing, etc. Because of its modest power, it gets by with only a heat sink, meaning that it's dead silent. This is a great card for a Home Theater PC, where video playback and silence are of paramount importance.

Cons: Its limitations are not disclosed in the user manual. The HDMI port does not function unless the audio header is connected (it doesn't need to be functional, only plugged into the video card). The HDMI port also does not function if the VGA or DVI port is also in use. If you're using HDMI, forget about using a secondary monitor or a backup video source.

Even a bigger deal - this card doesn't play well with motherboards that have onboard video that can't be fully disabled. My GF7050-based motherboard just refuses to work with this card, because it has onboard (nVidia) video, with no BIOS or jumper setting to explicitly disable it. The card will function, but the drivers (both Linux and Windows) will refuse to install, failing to recognize the video card. The lower-end ATI card that this was supposed to replace works fine in the same motherboard.

Other Thoughts: If you don't have onboard video, aren't going to use the HDMI port, or are comfortable _only_ using the HDMI port, this is an ideal video card for an HTPC. If you want to use HDMI, but want a secondary video connection, look elsewhere. Also beware that these unintuitive limitations are not documented, nor do the manufacturer's own employees necessarily know about them. When I first encountered the problems, MSI Tech Support's response was "it must be defective, return it for a replacement." I determined the causes of the problem myself (I didn't have the audio header plugged in, and I had a VGA cable plugged in along side HDMI)..

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  • Scott M.
  • 8/29/2009 6:56:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsawesome card

Pros: Runs in the ~60C range. I've got it in a shuttle XPC box. It barely fits, but fits. heat sink is pretty much touching the side of the case but after testing, this thing stays cool and is great.

Works for Linux VDPAU support.

Cons: I didn't buy this earlier.

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  • David K.
  • 8/11/2009 9:22:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Video Editing

Pros: We tested this card using Adobe Premiere CS4 and Premiere Elements version 7. Video playback of ACVHD footage while editing was excellent. We tested the MSI 9400GT card against a 9800GT and saw no difference during editing or playback. We ended up buying 4 of the MSI 9400GT fanless cards for our various editing systems.

If you are looking for a video card for video editing, this is recommended.

We are NOT into game playing, but I hear this card is not for that.

We also tested the card with Lightwave 9.6, Vue 6, After Effects and several other programs. Again no problems at all. Everything ran very fast and played back smoothly.

Cons: None really, although the card did take up 2 slots due to the large heat sink, but we have plently of slots. So not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: When we ran our test, we used an HP Pavilion d4100e running a AMD dual core processor 4200+, with 3 gigs of ram. The 9400GT performed flawlessly using the two editing programs. We also tested the 9400GT's with DV and HDV footage, along with the AVCHD footage. The AVCHD footage was from a Panasonic SD1 camcorder recorded at the highest bit rate, which I believe is 17mbps. Playback was excellent with all three footage formats.

We spent some time testing various video cards for our needs and we went with the MSI 94000GT card, as we didn't see any performance improvement over the other cards we tested using the software that we run.

Great video card at a fantastic price.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 6/25/2009 9:26:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fanless, has HDMI, and it's decently powerful. The heatsink is surprisingly small (yeah it's still thick enough to block my motherboard's first PCI slot, but it's short enough to fit into a Lian-Li PC-351 case). Great Linux support.

Cons: none whatsoever.

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5 out of 5 eggsXBMC + VDPAU goodness!

Pros: This card is great and supports VDPAU hardware video decoding. I can output HDMI 1080p content with XBMC under Ubuntu 9.04 using only 15% CPU!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: No fans no fuss.

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  • Elliot F.
  • 5/14/2009 4:03:25 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, works with dual monitors

Pros: Very quiet, works with dual monitors (one DVI cable, one HDMI-DVI cable) for a very quiet dual-monitor workstation.

Cons: Could be less expensive?

Other Thoughts: Works great with Ubuntu 9.04 and the nvidia-glx-180 driver package. A much better workstation card for the money than more expensive, louder quadro GPUs.

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  • Kirk M.
  • 5/12/2009 11:26:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood budget card

Pros: Does what I need. I'm not a gamer, but I like using a dedicated card. This card performs as advertised. It was inexpensive, and does not have a fan. (noise was an issue with my previous builds)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Placed in an ANTEC 900 case, which has good airflow over the heatsink. Nothing negative I could see to speak of. Good card for the money.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/15/2009 4:15:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC

Pros: Cheap
Built In HDMI port
Great Linux support
Hardware decoding support

Cons: Cooling dosnt seem the best.

Other Thoughts: This card is great. I'm using it under Ubuntu with XBMC with VDPAU (Hardware decoding of H.264/VC-1 files) and it works flawlessly. 1080p with 2-3% CPU usage. I bought it to replace the 8400 integrated graphics, because the 8200 series has some issues with XBMC & VDPAU. This is an ideal card for a HTPC. Might recommend getting a version with a fan if you dont mind the noise (likely cheaper and would run cooler)

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