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SPARKLE SFPC84GS512U2LP GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Low Profile Video Card

  • 512MB 64-Bit DDR3
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • ana m.
  • 8/22/2012 11:16:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for basic needs

Pros: -512MB VRAM
-S-video input
-PCI interface pretty much means it'll work on any PC
-Low profile

Cons: -Because it's PCI also means it's slower than it's PCI-E version.

Other Thoughts: Today (2012) this card is obsolete. There are much better choices out there now a days but for what it's worth for HD playback and basic video editing. This card did the trick on an aging system.

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  • Kyle J.
  • 9/6/2011 6:32:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the money.

Pros: very good card for the price, HDMI, 1080p support, very easy to intsall

Cons: not very many that i have found

Other Thoughts: Not a card for heavy gaming, do not buy this for pure gaming, it is much better than integrated graphics and it does allow modern games at decent frame rates at lower resolutions. Best part is that it is a 1080p video card at a good price

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  • Ken B.
  • 4/21/2011 2:34:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSort of worked

Pros: Spec wise, one of the better "PCI" cards left to support is old technology. Bought it to upgrade my old GeForce 6200.
Fan-less is a plus. Installed easy enough, got drivers from Nvidia web site. Worked well until I ran my Flt Sim X. See Cons.

Cons: My old GF6200, when playing Flt Sim X ran at 28-30FPS. The Sparkle card ran at 4-5FPS. Used all the same settings as the GF6200. Contacted Sparkle USA, after 2 days got a response. After 3 emails and running some tests, They decided to RMA it for me. Waiting for the replacement. They claimed to have bench tested the replacement card. Will followup.

Other Thoughts: Building a new PC, the MoBo has PCEe X16. Wished I had thought ahead. So if the irreplaceable GF8400GS performs, I'll stick it in the new build. Oh well.....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing the SFPC84GS512U2LP. We at Sparkle Computer apologize for all the inconvenience and dissatisfied service. Please be noted that all our graphics cards have Lifetime warranty after registration and kindly contact our support team either via phone at 626-771-3633 or via email at tech@sparkle-usa.com so we may assist you faster and better with your issue.
We are eager to assist you in any way, and looking forward to hear from you soon.
Sincerely yours,
Sparkle Support Team

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  • Stephen P.
  • 4/21/2011 5:48:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat low cost PCI card for Windows 7

Pros: Supports Windows 7, low cost

Cons: Drivers didn't install out of the box from the included CD. (I would have given the card 5 stars if they had.) However, the ones downloaded from NVidia worked just fine.

Other Thoughts: I needed a card to rejuvenate an old Dell Dimension 2350 that only had PCI slots after an upgrade to Windows 7 left it only able to display 640x480. I'm happy with the outcome. Keep in mind that the heat sink on this card is fairly wide, so you'll need an empty slot or an end location for this card to fit.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 4/3/2011 3:13:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid at all costs

Pros: none! Sparkle is a terrible company to deal with.

Cons: has TV out. doesn't work on TVs.

Tech support is not available during reasonable hours.

Tech support is ineffective, incompetent and deceptive. They worked harder at getting someone off the phone than they did helping to solve the problem.

We we told that the replacement card being sent to up on RMA would be tested before leaving Sparkle. The replacement card showed up defective. Upon boot, the S-video doesn't change the screen pattern like other cards and computers do. The card won't boot to the TVs like other cards and computers do.

It took tech support so long to get the card back to us that it's pasted the 30 Newegg return policy.

Other Thoughts: I normally don't write reviews, let alone negative reviews, but if they can't even put a working card in the box and then failed to ensure the replacement card is working, like they said they would, then what else is left.

Don't buy a Sparkle product! They don't stand behind them.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing the SFPC84GS512U2LP. We at Sparkle Computer apologize for all the inconvenience and dissatisfied service. Please be noted that all our graphics cards have Lifetime warranty after registration and kindly contact our support team either via phone at 626-771-3633 or via email at tech@sparkle-usa.com so we may assist you faster and better with your issue.
We are eager to assist you in any way, and looking forward to hear from you soon.
Sincerely yours,
Sparkle Support Team

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  • Tricia K.
  • 3/9/2011 7:20:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorth it

Pros: It turned a 2002 compaq vesario desktop into a moderate game comp(hightest fps i can get out of is 40 fps but i think thats due to the S!@#y specs of other parts)

Cons: The driver cd and current nvidia driver(266) didn't work with it but it work with a old driver(192)

Other Thoughts: Do not trust other who have said this card sucks, if u want to play current games like spore or mass effect with this ur in the wrong area, if ur one of the people who play Minecraft buy it

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  • Austin F.
  • 2/20/2011 6:37:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWay exceded expectations

Pros: I own a dual processor server that I wanted to game on, unfortunately, It only had pci-X ports, no pci express. After installing this card, I noticed a substantial graphical increase. I can now play oblivion on medium without so much as a hickup. Upon arrival I immediately replaced the heatsink with a stock nividia fan I had lying around. There is no room for that giant hunk of metal in a 1U server.

Cons: I neglected to realize that the egg saver is with the US postal service... I will never do that again, during shipping they chipped an oscillator off the board, fortunately I was able to fix it. Only other con lies with sparkle themselves' drivers, no support for server 64bit, fortunately I was able to find a nividia driver to do the job.

Other Thoughts: I had originally attempted to buy a simalar card from Bstbuy, 3 days after ordering (the day it should have been at my door) they emailed me saying that the product was discontinued, this delay angered me so I went straight to newegg seeing as I only went to bstbuy because I had a gift card. Long story short, dont trust bstbuy and newegg ALWAYS delivers.

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  • Gary A.
  • 2/19/2011 1:38:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsupgrades fine

Pros: low power no fan so its silent

Cons: 64 bit

Other Thoughts: good for bringin some new life to an old machine

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  • Vincent H.
  • 1/15/2011 2:49:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggslow performer

Pros: It's fanless with low temps hovering around 40C, it has drivers for win7 64bit, it's low profile for smaller systems, has both dvi and vga connections.

Cons: The nvidia software crashed the system during the first installation attempt.

I intended to use this card as an extended display on a 15 inch monitor set to 640x480 resolution. My expectations were too high when I noticed it affected the performance of the other two displays I had connected via a far better pci express card. For general tasks such as file management and interface windows, the display can handle with no issues. However, I had performance issues playing videos on the display powered by this card. Even when the display is left idle, it would affect the performance of the system such as minimizing windows on the other displays. As far as I can see, the nvidia control panel lacks any performance options and setting the display to 16bit color only forces it back to 32bit.

Other Thoughts: I would not use this card for general everyday tasks since more than likely, people like me will eventually have to play an occasional media file or view graphic intensive websites. I would more likely use this card for passive systems such as small servers and information huds.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/19/2010 11:31:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMy First Defeat

Pros: Price, supposedly works in a PCI slot, powerful specifications

Cons: Will not work in an old Dell 4550 running XP. An RMA to Newegg costs almost have the price of the board.

I agree with others that have rated this board...it deserves something less than one egg!

Other Thoughts: I've been messing around with, repairing, and building PCs for years. Never, ever, have I been beatened by a computer component being unable to install it. There's always help out on the net, someone with similar or even identical problems to learn from. Not on this video board...it either arrived broken or it is just plain flawed. Don't bother asking the manufacturer for help...as others have said...it's as if they don't exist!!

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