The XFX Fatal1ty box unveiled
The Fatal1ty series come with dominating red and black tints, the 8500 GT is no exception, Jonathan Wendell is also present in large, if you're seriously looking for Fatal1ty products you just can't miss them at your local retailer. The design is fine although that it is nothing more then a package, it's the inside what counts the most (don't tell that to your girlfriend though, you'd probably p*ss her off a bit...). Size is far from ordinary; I followed my instinct and did not expect too much either inside the box:XFX Fatal1ty 8500 GT 512MB
DVI -> VGA connector
Female-female fan power extension cable
Driver CD and manual
XFX door sign
The standard equipment to fulfill your needs, there is also what appears to be a female-female fan extension cable added; in fact the cable is used for connecting on-board SPDIF to the 8500 GT video card in order to pass audio through the HDMI connection. Unfortunately, their is no DVI-to HDMI adapter added and neither did the manual provide any more info so I guess you have to be quite knowledgeable to be able to correctly use this feature.
GPU core: NVIDIA G86
- core frequency: 500MHz // shader frequency: 1026MHz
GPU Memory: 8x64Mb Samsung K4N51163QE-ZC25 DDR2 RAM
- DRAM frequency: 425MHz // Memory interface: 128 bit
DVI, Sub-D VGA & HDTV-out
DX10, OpenGL 2.0
People looking to push more FPS out of this video card can always add a fan, although adding an aftermarket cooler shouldn't be that hard either, this card comes with multiple mounting holes which are only good with compatibility in mind. This video card is equipped with an NVIDIA SLI bridge and the PCB itself is rather small compared to current mainstream products.
Greenish DVI port, and for older CRT monitors an analog VGA port connector. TV-OUT is also available, no other/newer types of connections though. Also notice the height of the heatsink, the card is single slot and should provide no issues during install.
Underneath the solid black cooling surface the GPU can be found as well as 8 memory chips. Only the GPU cooled by the heatsink, the memory chips are not. On the left side you'll find the GPU power supply while the memory power supply is located on top right. Few components are being used; this card doesn't require the best either so it's all in favor of price here.
Many different product releases lately, my benchmark setup is already warmed-up so let's not hesitate any longer and move on to our test results ->