We probably didn't really have to do all this testing, we know that the 8500GT is a slower card than the HD 2600 PRO. The worst thing about this card is that Albatron seem to have done a bit of a half ass job of it.
Straight away there are a few things I would have done to make the card better. Firstly I would've dropped the active cooling instantly. It shouldn't have been included on the card.
We also would have included a HDMI cable in the bundle to give it a bit more "Decoder Card" instead of Graphics Card feel. On the topic of bundles, we would have also included a low profile bracket since the fact it's a low profile card.
It would've been nice to have Blu-ray and the logo on the front but we can understand from a financial point of view why this didn't happen, and the market just wasn't going to be big enough to justify getting the license to do so.
It's clear you're not going to game with the card, but this doesn't really come as a surprise for any home theatre based video card.
The Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card could have been a wonderful card if these few problems were looked at. The way they have named the card is fantastic, if you don't know a lot about what's going on there is no doubt that you would want something that sounds like this instead of a standard 8500GT.
From a HD point of view the card does a good job, PureVideo HD is a good technology and helps take the load off decoding from the CPU, placing it on the video card. Its low profile nature against the HD 2600 PRO from Palit also makes it a better choice for people who have a low profile HTPC.
Even with these flaws, the card score is ultimately let down by the fact that we can't find it listed anywhere in Australia, America and Europe.
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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 (Episode One HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 11 [High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - Vista]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Call of Juarez (DX10) - Vista]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes (DX10) - Vista]
- Page 15 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 17 [Final Thoughts]