Making an 8500GT that is worth owning can't be an easy job but it seems that GIGABYTE has managed to do it. The performance when compared to a stock 8500GT is simply mind boggling with the card capable of performing twice as fast as the stock 8500GT during some points.
What really gets you with this card though is the quality, it just feels fantastic. The look of the cooler, the way it clips onto the back of the card to stay 100% secure just makes it one of the best built mid-range cards we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.
The most unique feature on the card is clearly the 3D fan which while GIGABYTE state is a "Power Saving" feature, the card is still drawing some serious power compared to the stock 8500GT, and even the stock 8600GT for that matter. The best feature of the fan would not be the fact that it's saving power but more so that whenever you're just cruising around in windows your system is extremely quiet.
Apart from the size this card would be great for a home theater environment as you get the 8 series HD processing power and don't have to deal with the noise. Tt the same time though if you want to fire up a game the card is capable of doing this too.
We should see the card pop up on store shelves in the coming weeks and hopefully the price sits below the 8600GT. The card really is a clear winner and it's nice to see that GIGABYTE can make a boring card like the 8500GT quite exciting.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 11 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 12 [Final Thoughts]