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Geforce: FAQ

Q: What are you announcing today?
A: Today we are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce® 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Windows Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft® Direct X® 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience. The new NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS delivers full DX10 support, stunning Vista graphics, and high-definition video playback for around $50-$55.

Q: Who are GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards for?
A: GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards are ideal for cost-conscious users who don’t want to sacrifice features. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 graphics processors are great for watching HD DVD and Blu-ray movies on a PC, accelerating the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, and playing Microsoft DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 games.

Q: What are the key specifications of the GeForce 8400 GS GPUs?

  GeForce 8400 GS
Core Clock (MHz) 450
Shader Clock (MHz) 900
Memory Clock (MHz) 400
Memory Amount 256MB
Memory Interface 64-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 6.4
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 3.6

Q: What are the key features of the GeForce 8400 GS?

  • NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread™ technology
  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
  • True 128-bit floating point high-dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
  • NVIDIA Quantum Effects™ physics processing technology
  • One single-link DVI output, supporting one 1920x1200 resolution display
  • GeForce 8500 GT $89-$129
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology
  • HDCP Capable
  • PCI Express® support
  • OpenGL® 2.1 support
  • NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Built for Microsoft Windows Vista

Q: How much do the new GeForce 8400 GS GPUs cost?
A: You will find GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards selling for between $50 and $55.

Q: Is this a hard launch with immediate availability?
A: Yes, GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards are on their way to retailers and worldwide availability is imminent. They have been shipping in computer systems from leading PC manufacturers since April.

Q: Do these new GPUs support DirectX 10?
A: Yes. The GeForce 8 Series GPUs are the first shipping DirectX 10 GPUs and are also Microsoft’s reference GPUs for DirectX 10 API development and certification.

Q: What do these cards offer for HD video?
A: GeForce 8400 GS GPUs feature PureVideo HD under Windows Vista with a revolutionary video processing engine. The new video engine provides unsurpassed Blu-ray and HD DVD quality while delivering the industry’s lowest CPU utilization and power efficiency. PureVideo HD support for Windows XP is expected in late June 2007.

Q: Does the GeForce 8400 GS support SLI technology?
A: No.

Q: What kind of memory do the GeForce 8400 GS-based graphics cards use?
A: DDR2 memory.

Q: What kind of cooling solution does the GeForce 8400 GS GPU use?
A: GeForce 8400 GS uses a single slot fan sink.

Q: What are the power requirements for the GeForce 8400 GS GPU?
A: GeForce 8400 GS cards have a maximum power draw of 71 watts.

Q: How many slots do these boards take up?
A: The GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards occupy one slot.