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The 8500 GT is a lower-end model in Nvidia's 8 Series of consumer desktop graphics cards.

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Pros

hardware installation is simple and straight-forward

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capable of handling two monitors at once

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handles DVD and HD Blu-ray easily

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big jump in performance over on-board graphics chips

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does not require an extra power supply

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installs easily on Windows Vista with built-in drivers

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Cons

fan is audible, can make a buzzing sound when dust gets in it

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not capable of playing latest flight simulators on high-graphics mode

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The 8500 GT is a lower-end model in Nvidia's 8 Series of consumer desktop graphics cards. Less aimed at gaming applications than higher-end 8 Series models, the 8500 GT is a less expensive option that fully supports Windows Vista's graphical enhancements while retaining support for DirectX 10. With only 16 processor cores and relatively low clock speeds, however, the 8500 GT may struggle with demanding graphics applications in either its 256MB or 512MB version. The GeForce 8500 GT is a step up from the 8 Series' entry level model, the 8400 GS, mainly in that it utilizes a 128-bit, rather than 64-bit, memory interface.

Features

  • 256 or 512 MB memory
  • 16 processor cores
  • DirectX 9 and 10
  • SLI-ready
  • PCI Express
  • 450MHz graphics clock
  • 900MHz processor clock
  • 400MHz memory clock
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • Texture fill rate: 3.6 billion/sec

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