Zotac GeForce 8500 GT Review 1

Zotac GeForce 8500 GT Review

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Zotac is a new player in the video card business. They are manufacturing only NVIDIA video cards and were established early this year. However, they have great potential because they are affiliated with PC Partner who are supply cards to Sapphire for example too.

The GeForce 8500 GT is based on NVIDIA's new G86 graphics processor, which is the new low-end product. Unlike NVIDIA, Zotac chose to clock the GPU at 700 MHz instead of NVIDIA's original 450 MHz reference design.

Here are all the specs at a glance, for further reference see our NVIDIA GeForce 8500 & 8600 article.

7300 GT 7600 GS 8500 GT Zotac 8500 GT 8600 GT 8600 GTS
Pixel Shaders81216163232
Vertex Pipes45
Transistors177 M 177 M 210 M 210 M 289 M 289 M
Memory Size256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB256 MB256/512 MB
Memory Bus Width 128 bit 128 bit 128 bit 128 bit128 bit128 bit
Core Clock500 MHz 400 MHz 450 MHz 700 MHz 540 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Clock700 MHz 800 MHz 400 MHz 400 MHz 700 MHz 1000 MHz

Complete Specifications

Graphics Technology
  • Nvidia Geforce 8500GT at 460 MHz engine clock
  • 400 MHz RamDAC Technology Max. Resolution at 2560 x 1600
  • Onboard 128/256MB GDDR2
  • 800MHz memory clock
  • 128-bit memory bus width
Bus Support
  • PCI Express x 16 support
3D Acceleration
  • Unified Shader Model 4.0
  • Microsoft DX10 support
External Connectors
  • DVI-I Connector
  • 15-pin VGA Connector
  • TV-Out (S-video) Connector
  • PureVideo HD
  • HDTV Ready
  • Vista Ready
  • SLI Ready
  • HDCP Ready (SKU#: ZT-85TE25H-FSL only)
  • Dual Link Dual DVI
  • RoHS Compliant


Package Front

The box is really small, and nowhere near that massive packages of high-end video cards. This makes sense however, the 8500 GT is a low priced product, so why spend additional cost on making a bigger package.

Package Back

On the back you find a good amount of information that tells you why the 8500 GT is right for you.

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