Albatron 8400GS Graphic Card Review


The Appearance

Albatron’s 8400GS is small card build on blue colored PCB. The 8400GS uses rounded cable for the VGA connection while transparent plastic was used for the heatsink cover and fan. No solid capacitors though.

The card comes with DVI, VGA and S-Video output.


The Bundle

– S-Video out cable
– Installation guide & driver CD.

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU 8400GS
GPU Code Name G86
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Bandwidth 64-bit
Memory Capacity 256MB
Core Speed 460
Memory Speed 400

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

Processor : Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz
RAM : 2GB DDR2 667
Monitor : 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System : Windows XP (SP2)
Driver : ForceWare Release 163 (Version: 163.71)

The Performance

The Albatron 8400GS runs at 460Mhz core and 400Mhz memory speed. It’s a budget card so I’m not expecting fabulous graphical output and framerates for this one.


Default setting.

Core / Memory Score
460/400 1670


Graphics were set to maximum details.

Resolution Lowest Average Highest
800 x 600 11 23 49
1024 x 768 8 14 29
1152 x 864 5 9 18

Need For Speed : Carbon

Graphics were set to maximum details.

Resolution Lowest Average Highest
800 x 600 13 17 19
1024 x 768 9 10 11

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Default graphic settings.

Resolution Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
1024 x 640 19.2 31.8
1280 x 960 10.9 18.9
1680 x 946 8.5 14.6

Command & Conquer 3 : Tiberium Wars

High (not maximum) graphic settings.

Resolution Lowest Average Highest
1024×768 12 19 31

As you can see, the limited overclocking options does very little to help the card perform better.

The card runs at 52°C on idle and 63°C on load, readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.


The card works great as a budget card. It can play 3D games so it’s not a bad choice if you don’t mind gaming at lower resolution and graphic details. It’s still slower than the previous generation 7300GT though.


My only concern about this card would be the heatsink. Now 63°C on load is quite high, considering I’m running a system that has good airflow and in an air-conditioned atmosphere. Generally this card is sufficient for your average use like low-requirement computer gaming, watching shows and browsing the Internet. It sure is faster than the 7100GS that I reviewed a while back and it’s definitely faster than having an onboard video system.

If you’re looking for something that’s better than onboard video but don’t wish to hurt your cash-bank too much, this card could be considered.

The Albatron 8400GS currently retails at around RM 195.

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  1. I was looking for a card which can play 3D, thanks for sharing info. Great in this price.

  2. Wowee…brian, you sure have been busy the past 1 month xD

    Nice review, but im sure if u slap on a good gfx cooler and ramp voltages up, it can be oced alot more :hehe:

    nice review!

  3. Author

    why da heck would I want to OC an 8400GS? 🙂 It’s wasting time man, it’s like making a slow car run a little faster.

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