ECS GeForce 8500 GT 512MB
Info: ECSPrice: 89 USD / 70 EUR
One of the segments that Guru3D quite honestly doesn't pay much attention to is the low-end and budget market for graphics cards. We're a pretty high-end enthusiast targeted website and therefore the we really begin reviewing at mid-range mainstream level.
That doesn't mean that there isn't any market for budget level products, contrary... it's supposedly the biggest market available. One company who has been OEM manufacturing for many years now is ECS, when you buy a complete PC at decent prices, chances are quite high there's an ECS component in there. ECS however also is trying to penetrate the retail market; with a focus and low-end and mid-range products that is.
Since we (and I do say this with a little shame) never reviewed a GeForce 8500 to date I gladly accepted there offer to submit such a card to us. So in house today we'll be reviewing a graphics card that I'd probably never would buy, a GeForce 8500 GT. It's probably one of the cheapest graphics cards money can buy.
Now since we are Guru3D we had to at the very least a little exorbitant so we did opt the 512MB model, hey it's still priced ~80 EUR with that kind of memory. And low-end or not... I must say I had a hell of a good time with this card. Overclocking and tweaking was so much fun... we boosted roughly 30% more performance out of this card... easily.
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