Newegg has the Sparkle SFPX94GT1024U2 GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card for $40 with free shipping. Newegg reviews indicate this is a good video card for the money.

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    altan215 Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 10:45 pm PDT 09/23/09

    is sparkle a good company? i just know evga and xfx, but are there any other companies worth looking into?

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    tnok85 Ben's cred: 12
    Posted 10:53 pm PDT 09/23/09

    #1 - Sparkle is okay, haven't heard anything bad about them. As far as I know they don't have the warranty quality of EVGA and XFX though.

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    venky Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 11:35 pm PDT 09/23/09

    look at the pictures, is it a true HDMI port or ?
    I will pass this

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    danomon Ben's cred: 12
    Posted 11:40 pm PDT 09/23/09

    Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle GeForce.

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    venky Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 11:45 pm PDT 09/23/09

    guys too bad missed this one by seconds, a much better card

    www.cowboom.com

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    TripWire Ben's cred: 19
    Posted 6:58 am PDT 09/24/09

    Sparkle has upgraded to GDDR3 memory. 'Dissed' their older DDR2 memory models here Quote

    |
    Report Spam
  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    darktideryezing Ben's cred: 79
    Posted 7:11 am PDT 09/24/09

    This is a waste of money. This is hardly better than an integrated video adapter. Sparkle is a no-name company and for a little more cash you can get a respectable card from a respectable company. Don't waste your money here

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    dave_c Ben's cred: 3695
    Posted 8:29 am PDT 09/24/09

    Move along, nothing to see here. BTW, Sparkle generally makes budgetized cards whenver they deviate from the standard reference design, so you get one of two things from them:

    1) Same as most other cards out there.
    2) Hodgepodge of parts to make it cheaper for them.

    That doesn't mean you can't have a fine experience from a Sparkle product but all else being equal other brands are better on average. For example on this one, use of a smallish passive heatsink and electrolytic capacitors instead of solid ones is a bad tradeoff, unless your case has a side panel fan that would blow directly at it.

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1499
    Posted 10:08 am PDT 09/24/09

    dave_c wrote:
    Move along, nothing to see here.
    Hey, that's my line!
    While I agree with what you said, all I would add... Sparkle is/was predominately a European company that started direct distributing in the USA several years back. They originally had a fairly dismal support here in the USA, but that has been put to the fore-front as they've really tried to move upscale with their image and product offerings. The biggest issue is, their cost doesn’t agree with the consumers perception of the brand status... at least here in the USA.
    http://www.sparkle-usa.com/overview.asp

    These aren't the droids you're looking for...

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1499
    Posted 2:06 pm PDT 09/24/09

    When Ben said "Newegg reviews indicate this is a good video card for the money" I thought I'd peruse some of them, these are from those who praise it.

    Tech Level: somewhat high
    I'm not a crazy gamer so I haven't even pushed this card to its limits.

    Tech Level: high
    1 Gb of video memory and both DVI and VGA adapters.

    Tech Level: high
    Cons: No fan-Maybe that's good, because I just had another video card fry because the fan went out!!
    Other Thoughts: Had an Nvidia 6200 card and Vista Experience was 6
    After installing this 1 GB card, I thought the number would go higher, but they actually went DOWN to 0
    Go figure.

    Tech Level: high
    fast card for moderate gaming
    Cons: The driver CD was somewhat flimsy and unstable compared to the catalyst control divers on the ATI brand cards.
    Other Thoughts: these work great for light games that require little of the video cards capability. taxing it to much will jitter and slow the game to a crawl. still, its much better that the 2400, 3400 and 4850 ATI cards i owned before. But, if your MB supports SLI, then i recommend the 9400s that Gigabyte has. get two for 100$ and they dont need that pesky power plug on the back of the card.
    Despite what others say, this card is worth every cent.

    It's a slow day!

  • Was this useful?
    Voting ...
    0 0
    SelfGovern Ben's cred: 203
    Posted 6:04 pm PDT 09/24/09

    Fascinating reviews, indeed!

Already a member? Sign in below.

Forgot Password?
Sign in with Facebook

Registration takes seconds! Once registered youll have members only access to:

  • Deal Alert email notifications
  • Giveaways for the hottest products
  • Newsletter for events and holiday promotions
  • Deal comments and discussions
  • The best deal community, ever
or
    1. $0
    Ben's Price
    • Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT 1GB DDR2 Video Card $40 at Newegg
    • $0
    • Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT 1GB DDR2 Video Card $35 at Newegg
    • $0
X Close

The best deals, product reviews, and giveaway announcements emailed directly to you!

Sign up now for the Ben's Bargains newsletter!

Email address is not valid

X Close

Thanks! You can also register an account with us to be eligible for Giveaway Entries, Deal Alerts, and Comments.