updated 02:05 pm EDT, Thu June 21, 2007
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Quietly releasing its new card simultaneously with the Tesla platform, NVIDIA today added a new budget card to its home-friendly GeForce 8 series. The GeForce 8400 GS drops the price of entry to the more advanced unified shader graphics of the line by sharing the 16 shader processors, 450MHz core clock speed, and 800MHz (effective) DDR2 memory of the GeForce 8500 GT but halving the bandwidth to a 64-bit interface. While slower for 3D, the card includes NVIDIA's PureVideo HD for accelerating the entire HD video decoding process for Blu-Ray, HD DVD, and other videos encoded in H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1. It also provides the full DirectX 10 support recommended for Windows Vista, NVIDIA says.
Ports and memory for cards can vary but are expected to include single DVI and VGA outputs as well as 256MB of RAM. Cards made by NVIDIA's typical partners, such as ASUS and XFX, will be available within the next few days and weeks and should sell for roughly $69, $30 less than the average price of the already low-cost GeForce 8500 card.