How to increase/ Overclock/ Increase/ Boost/ Optimize/ Max/ Tune Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT Gaming: Review, specs, overclocking Settings and benchmarks + fresh drivers/ Windows 7, 8.1, 8 and Vista.
The instance in question is a very old and completely outdated graphics adapter in the middle price segment. However, the Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT is still capable of showing itself in some tasks, namely office work or old computer games. Something more is hardly available to the video adapter; today it is too outdated.
Specification: Geforce 8500 GT video card
Even at the time of release, the characteristics of the Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT were frankly average, because even then more productive and powerful solutions were released. However, the video adapter has gained high popularity due to its affordable price tag and good features.
The graphics card was equipped with sixteen stream processors, the frequency of which reached 900 MHz. The frequency of the main video core barely reached 450 MHz, which is a ridiculous figure in modern times.
The memory operates at a frequency of 800 MHz (even the current RAM will be many times more productive). The amount of memory varies depending on the manufacturer of the video card (from 256 to 512 MB), the bus width is 128 bits.
The main drawback of the Geforce 8000 series is the lack of support for modern graphics APIs, which will make it absolutely impossible to run the vast majority of modern games.
The advantage will be the price of Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT. At the time of its relevance, the graphics adapter cost approximately 3000-4000 rubles, depending on the manufacturer and the specific store. Today it can be found exclusively in the secondary market for a couple of hundred rubles.
How to Optimize: Geforce 8500 GT review
The video adapter was a representative of the middle price segment with atypical features. The card belonged to the middle segment due to its price, external design (without huge cooling systems), as well as performance. That is why the card was to the taste of a large number of gamers.
But the power consumption of the 8500 GT was at the level of top solutions, which is why it was better not to install it with a weak power supply.
The normal temperature of the Geforce 8500 GT video card could also scare an inexperienced user: the version with passive cooling easily heated up to 100 degrees, which is a lot.
How to Optimize: Overclock Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT
You should not hope for an impressive overclocking of the Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT. Firstly, the graphics adapter is too old and will not provide high performance even at maximum overclocking. Secondly, the operating temperatures of the card are already too high, and when overclocked, they can even fly up to undesirable numbers.
Initially, the Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT video card was overclocked using the Riva Tuner program, but this application may simply not be installed on today’s operating systems. Therefore, to raise the frequencies on the core and video memory, it is recommended to use MSI Afterburner.
Important! When overclocking, you should not immediately turn up the frequencies and voltage – this can lead to damage to the video adapter or even the entire computer.
It is better to gradually increase overclocking, and then thoroughly test the video card (for these purposes, it is recommended to use the FurMark program). Overheating or any mistakes should not be allowed.
If you plan to use this solution for cryptocurrency mining, it is better to just forget about it. Firstly, mining on the 8500 GT will be very difficult due to the lack of support for the graphics card by specialized utilities. Secondly, the video adapter will be very bad and slow to mine, even if you manage to start the cryptocurrency mining process.
What games will Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT pull
We won’t be able to carry out an actual test in Geforce 8500 GT games, since none of the new products will simply run on this adapter due to the lack of support for modern APIs. Among the old entertainment, the situation is much better, although here everything is not as good as we would like.
Games and results:
- STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl – the game can be run at a resolution not higher than HD with dynamic lighting disabled. If you turn on all the lighting, the FPS in the game will hardly be over 20, which is completely unsuitable.
- Crysis – everything is also sad here. Although the video card was released during the relevance of this game, you can forget about the maximum or high graphics settings. Even medium settings can drop FPS below 30.
- StarCraft 2 – the game runs exclusively on low graphics settings. Even with medium settings, the frame rate drops below 20, which is completely unacceptable for comfortable gameplay.
- GTA 5 is probably the only recent game that can somehow run on the 8500 GT. To achieve 30 frames per second, you will have to unscrew absolutely all the settings to the minimum values, but even in this version, players will experience constant drawdowns. You can simply forget about the multi-user mode, where the performance is even lower.
There are ways to emulate DirectX 11, but they will not help this video card due to the small amount of memory and low overall performance.
How to reinstall video driver for Geforce 8500 GT
You can forget about using the Geforce Experience proprietary utility, since the program does not support all old video cards. You will have to reinstall the driver manually.
You can do this in the following way:
- Go to “Add or Remove Programs” and remove the existing version of the driver.
- Install the driver from the installation disk or the official site.
There is nothing complicated in reinstalling – everything is the same as with conventional programs.
How to download and install new drivers: Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT
On Windows 10, you don’t need to do anything, because the operating system itself will find and install the most up-to-date versions of drivers for components and peripherals when you first connect to the Internet.
Some problems may arise on Windows 7, since it is not always able to find the correct version of the software.
To download the driver for Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT, you need the following:
- Go to the official Nvidia website and select the drivers section.
- Specify the video card model and operating system, and then click on the “Search” button.
- Download the file that appears.
- Install the program on the computer.
After such actions, the latest version of the driver will be used on the PC.
The second option is to use these drivers:
For Windows 7, 8.1, 8 and Vista
For Windows 10
File size: ~290.00 MB
Driver version: 342.01 (WHQL) dated 12/14/2016;
Operating system: Windows 10 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32/64-bit, Windows 8 32/64-bit, Windows Vista