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SPARKLE SP94GT1024D2LHP GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-Bit DDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

  • 16 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 128-Bit DDR2
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Ian L.
  • 6/28/2010 6:13:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent budget card

Pros: ·Excellent low power card
·No fan, totally silent
·Low profile, great for smaller cases

Cons: ·Can't handle heavy duty gaming

Other Thoughts: This is extremely well suited to use in a media system or to add some power to an older system. I put this into a system I built for my father, a single-core Athlon 64 4000+, it runs quiet as a whisper and suits all basic needs perfectly.

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  • Ryan J.
  • 6/20/2010 6:50:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade

Pros: Great FPS
Low power consumption
Great price

Cons: Didn't get model in the picture

Other Thoughts: I didn't get the model advertised...which worked out great. I ended up getting the card with a built in fan!!!

Used this card to upgrade an old Dell P4 with a 300w PSU. Runs most games at medium to low specs!!!

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  • Emma S.
  • 4/27/2010 8:26:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDefinete Improvement!

Pros: I would say this is probably 1 of the best Video cards to choose from if your computer is ancient like the one i ordered this for. An old 2003 Dell Dimension with no PCI Express Ports just PCI. Very good performance!

Cons: May get a little hot i bought a PCI dual fan and put it underneath the heatsink of the Graphics card. Also the heatsink is rather large and may take up another slot space.

Other Thoughts: Playes Sims 3! big upgrade from Onboard Junky Graphics to 1GB ram'd Nvidea Card!

BE AWARE download the driver for this card specificly from the Company's Site to get the latest driver for your PC.
Hope this Helps!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2010 10:58:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNot Capable Of HD Playback

Pros: Low Profile, No Fan

Cons: Doesn't Include TV out cable:
Luckily I had some TV-out cables laying around from other Nvidia cards. Then I found that TV out DOESNT WORK. No S-VIDEO, No NOTHING. Sparkle support said in broken English that the other manufacturer’s cables are compatible and to "use different driver". I got TVout to work with revision 185.xx, it ran like garbage. I then tested HD to see if it was a total loss, it was.
HD playback is horrible:
Playback is not even close to smooth. Could not play 1080p movies on a bedroom machine thats a BeyondTV/BeyondMedia frontend, no tuners or storage to bog things down, runnin on a P4 2.0GHz, even with the CoreAVC codec with CUDA acceleration. CPU utilization was like 23% and the card was still choking. I even tried it on my high power living room HTPC, pulled a working PCI-E 7600GT that was doin smooth presentable playback. I yanked the 7600GT, uninstalled the drivers, installed the PCI 9400GT with the latest drivers...... playback tanked...

Other Thoughts: The Living Room HTPC was running an Athlon X2 3800+ and the 7600GT was beautiful.. It doesn't even support Cuda acceleration with CoreAVC and it still outpaced the 9400GT with standard offloading. The box says HDTV on it... so I consider it a false claim. The card doesn’t come with the necessary equipment for TV out... so it’s a false claim as well.

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  • John H.
  • 3/7/2010 3:41:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for updating older systems

Pros: If you're a gamer with an abhorrently old PC like mine (a Dell Dimension from late 2003) this card will probably be just what you're looking for if you're interested in being able to play slightly modern games due in no small part to it being a PCI interface (great for PCI only mobos) and being modestly priced (good for those of us who would rather not pay upwards of $300 for a brand new system.)

Even if you're not a gamer and just someone looking to make their old computer run faster, this card is certainly your best option.

Cons: The heat-sink on this card leaves much to be desired, though I suppose for such an inexpensive card that can be overlooked.

Something that could not be overlooked and cost this product an egg was the poor excuse of a driver included in the box. Don't waste you time putting the CD in the drive and just download the driver from NVIDIA.

Other Thoughts: I finally maxed out my heavily modded system with this card, I can play Fallout 3 with little to no problem at 1600 x 1050 on low settings, but I'm afraid it's time to put my old friend to rest as that's probably the newest game that I'll be able to play until I build a new one...

Specs: Windows XP SP 3
Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz single core
SPARKLE GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI
4 GB DDR2 RAM
2 80GB HDD's

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2010 6:35:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUse Sparkel drivers

Pros: Good performance, great value

Cons: Not really a con but make sure you use the drivers on Sparkle's website and not Nvidia's. Windows will want to update the drivers to Nvidia - don't do it. I thought the card was defective - blurry text, kept reverting to lowest resolution everytime I restarted computer. Uninstalled the driver and reinstalled the Sparke driver and everything was fixed.

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  • Jennifer M.
  • 9/25/2009 7:16:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked well for a couple of months

Pros: Once I got it to work, it worked pretty well for a while.

Cons: After about three months, it stopped responding while I was running a program at bedtime. After that I re enabled the motherboard video adapter and checked to see what was going on. It said there were not enough resources. Each time I diasbled the the other video adapter and tried to fix it it still said the same thing. After trying many times to fix the problem, I decided to put it in another computer that has some other problems just to see if I had similar problems and I did, so I know its the video card and not the computer.

Other Thoughts: This video card takes up two pci slots and has no fan. For the price, it really not worth it since it didn't last for more than a couple of months.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/30/2009 3:58:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Sure about this one.

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: For some reason no matter how i tried to set this beast up, my on-board chip still outperformed it vastly.

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  • Adam L.
  • 6/21/2009 9:58:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOld PC still gaming

Pros: For an aging PC with only standard PCI slots, this was a good cheap way to get modern day graphics capability for gaming. My rig is old but has been heavily upgraded. I had a GeForce 5500 FX that did an okay job but newer games (low end games) were unplayable. I still can't play high end games but that's more due to not having a multi-core CPU. Worth it to squeeze a few more years out of an old PC if you do any modest gaming.

Because it is PCI standard, it doesn't require a high-end power supply. I'm still using my 550 Watt PSU

Cons: The room the computer is in is warm, and the computer stays on most of the time. I do both gaming and web design/graphics work. Because of this I wasn't crazy about the heat sink but hasn't been a problem. I did buy a GPU fan however. I did have to remove a USB Expansion card because the heat sink plus GPU fan blocked all my remaining PCI slots.

Like many here I had issues installing it. Multiple times the drivers didn't want to take. I finally had to uninstall everything and completely disable onboard. Started it in VGA mode and used drivers from GeForce website.

I have had a few minor glitches that cause some games to fail sometimes (but not always). I can't be sure it's the card's fault but it didn't happen with my GeForce 5500 FX. A little annoying when it happens but still worth it considering that before, those games were unplayable.

Still give it 4 eggs b/c let's face it, a 2003 model eMachine playing Killing Floor, Orange Box, and other games on Steam is still worth i

Other Thoughts: My computer is a 2003 model eMachine with Windows XP Home SP3.
Over the years it has been modified. Prior to this card it had:
2.12 GHz single core AMD Athlon CPU
120 Gig internal WD hard drive.
250 Gig external WD hard drive.
USB Expansion slot to add more USB ports (removed after this card was installed)
GeForce 5500 FX (replaced)
2 GB of DDR1 RAM
onboard sound
550 Watt power supply
DVD/CD RW-ROM
3.5 Inch Floppy Drive (again the computer is OLD)

To keep the new GeForce 9400 GT cool I also purchased the "EVERCOOL SB-RV Ever Lubricate Rocket V system cooler". It's reviews said it was cheap but so am I and I didn't want to spend a lot on cooling.

I'm currently building a high-end gaming rig but I plan to keep this machine running as a 2nd system. It's still a good machine and this card added a few more years to it.

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  • cameron n.
  • 6/7/2009 12:26:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsproabably about the best pci video card

Pros: First of all let me start by saying im not a firm believer in upgrading computers when you can just buy a new one for about the same price. That being said i bought this for my old ladys hp pavilion because she loves her computer and she doesnt want to get rid of it. This is probably the best pci video card made. she had an onboard video card so i bought this one because she loves doing stuff dealing with media and playing sims 2. it works great for what she wants to do but since i have a gaming computer sims 2 is all thats been played on it so i cant really tell you anything but it runs that game great.

Cons: lets see.... the card was used when i got it the driver disk was all scratched up the card was physically bent but thats either new eggs fault or the manufacturers fault not really a fault of the card. IT HAS NO FAN has a huge heat sink so i actually had to remove the modem from the computer but we dont use it anyways do not buy if you have limited room to work with because it covers up the pci slot next to it

Other Thoughts: i like how good the card works but the reason i gave it a 4 is because it is so HUGE and because of the physical condition i got it in and because it doesnt have a fan

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