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SPARKLE SFPC85GT256U2P GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 16 CUDA Cores
  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jim E.
  • 3/11/2009 8:30:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot so Sparklely

Pros: Newegg does a great job of taking care of its customers and my feelings towards this product should in no way reflect on them.

Cons: The product itself came with no installation information, wrong CD and instruction book. I knew how to install the card, it just did not work when I installed it so I contacted Sparkle CS and after two days received an email back making suggestions of how to install it. I brought my system back to its original state and started over but it still did not work

Other Thoughts: In order to contact Sparkle I had to go to the internet and locate them since the was no info in English where to reach them

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  • Chris H.
  • 3/4/2009 8:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Impressed...

Pros: Overall a decent looking card, good specs for price, install simple...but as are all Nvidia chipset cards.

Cons: Put this card in my HP Media Center which is connected to my Samsung 42" LCD and is VERY choppy and laggy. I have tried all three connections, DVI, S-Video, and VGA but all to no avail. I tried the driver from the disc, as well as the Nvidia driver on their site, all different resolutions, toyed with all possible settings in the Nvidia manager including graphics accelerator settings, different refresh rates, etc, but still to no avail.

Other Thoughts: Running this on an HP Media Center w/ 3gbs of RAMNow I will grant you that this is a PCI card, and that I'm asking a lot from a PCI card, but I have been truly disappointed with this card...the onboard runs 100% better than this card. I will be contacting NewEgg for an exchange to a better (hopefully) card.

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  • Josh B.
  • 3/2/2009 6:46:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice card!

Pros: -card performs great on medium settings for games like BF2142, Halo, wouldn't use it for newer, more graphics intense games.

-Great performance for a PCI card!

Cons: -The card is the only useful thing that came in the box. Got a manual for a PCIe/AGP card, and outdated drivers. (got an error that the drivers were for an older version of Windows. I run XP, so does that mean they were for WIN 98? Maybe 3.1?) Was able to get the drivers from Nvida's site, so it was only a minor issue.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great card for a great value! I would recommend this to anyone that has a machine that only has onboard video, with no PCIe/AGP slots. I used it for playing BF2142 for 12 straight hours with absolutely no problems.

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  • Daniel R.
  • 2/28/2009 3:16:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeping PCI Alive

Pros: Great buy. Let's face it, for a computer with only PCI capability there are not many options. I am an avid gamer and needed something to replace my horrible on board intel graphics chipset.

I bought this card to play Runes of Magic (Which requires a better graphics card than WoW to run smoothly), and my FPS jumped from 8 to 35-40. A huge upgrade, with only some very slight fps drops when in very heavily populated towns but it's nothing devastating.

If you're into playing the newer MMORPGs out there such as World of Warcraft or Runes of Magic and are limited to only a PCI card, by all means, buy this card. It has been a huge upgrade over on board graphics, and with some decent RAM it will make a difference.

Computer Specs:
HP a1219h model
Intel Pentium 4 (3.06GHz)
3GB RAM (Upgrading to 4GB soon)
Windows XP Home Edition

Cons: None that I can think of really, it is a PCI card and this is one of the best choices you have.

Other Thoughts: Card runs silently and hasn't overheated after long periods of use.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/19/2009 7:20:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs Good As It Gets

Pros: It's a strong PCI card

Cons: It doesn't exactly work miracles.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a friend who wanted to fix up an old 2.7Ghz 478 Celeron Machine to play WoW:Lich King on. It does, but at frame-rates that barely pass. You cannot go into heavily populated cities without 7fps plague. However, this old PC is running XP Pro SP3 and only allows 1GB of memory. It really shouldn't be playing the game at all. Video playback is much smoother, and for a PCI card, it does only as much as the old technology will allow and thats all you can ask for.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/18/2009 6:06:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great on HP Pavvillion A1101N

Pros: Easy install, Also handles Vista Home Premium 32 bit well....

Cons: None

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  • Everett M.
  • 2/15/2009 8:55:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe PCI Geforce 8500 GT

Pros: 1) Somewhat easy to install (my machines were... special)
2) Used drivers off Nvidia's website, work great
3) Everything worked great after everything HW/SW was installed... definite improvement

Cons: 1) Harder to install in the second PC, had to bend a piece of metal on my case to get it to fit (APEX MI-100)

Other Thoughts: To get it out of the way. This card is the one that is pictured (with the fan). With that said I don't have much else to say. Both machines I tried it in automatically turned off integrated graphics and installing new drivers was easy. Past that haven't tested it all that much. The first PC, a Lenovo Thinkcentre, had no problems installing and everything went smooth. The only issue had to due with overheating, the Thinkcentre had maybe a 225 W PSU and you need a min of 250 W with this card, and overall the card just blocked airflow in the case. I then transferred it to the one it was intended for an Atom 330 powered HTPC I had build. Only real problem I haven't gotten my HDTV yet so it's just sitting right now... Oh well.

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  • Giuseppe M.
  • 2/9/2009 9:22:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsHeatsink Versus Cooling Fan

Pros: Great that PCI video is kept alive with 128-bit Memory Interface, HDCP, and GeForce 8500 GT!

Cons: Not sure if this is the heat sink "Passive" model or with cooling fan.

Other Thoughts: My PC has space for just one PCI card so the heatsink version will not fit. However, the model number Newegg listed ends in "P" which Sparkle uses to indicate Passive (heat sink). Either Newegg posted the wrong picture/details or the wrong model number.

I would appreciate it if someone could mention in their review whether this card has a heat sink or cooling fan.

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  • Greg A.
  • 2/6/2009 2:50:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPicture is inaccurate

Pros: Somewhat modern GPU on the PCI bus for those with only built in video.

Cons: Look at the pictures - PCI card but the picture of the box is kinda deceiving. Label read PCI Express but right above it state PCI

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  • Oran H.
  • 1/29/2009 9:36:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTHANK YOU NEWEGG FOR SELLING THE LATEST PCI CARDS!

Pros: - great if you don't have AGP or PCI-e slots
- one of the fastest PCI cards available now
- huge increase in performance over onboard graphics

Cons: - 133mb/s shared bandwidth with the other PCI slots
- 20%-25% of the PCI-e 8500GT performance level
- PCI-e version is cheaper

Other Thoughts: I want to thank Newegg for listing these Sparkle PCI cards as they mean a lot to people like myself that want to watch a movie or game while saving for that dual core system. I didn't get my Sparkle 8500GT on Newegg.com, but I wanted to express my gratitude nonetheless for the Egg.

Hopefully we will see the Sparkle 9500GT PCI soon so I can retro game to the fullest! To people that say the PCI bandwidth has already been maxed, my 8500GT posts a sevenfold increase in FPS over my FX5500 in ATiTool, so somehow these cards keep pumping more data through that narrow PCI channel! Keep em' coming Newegg and everyone get your PCI card here so Newegg will keep ordering the latest for us!

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