The ECS Elitegroup N8500GT-256DY+ graphics card is a decent gaming graphics card at a thoroughly reasonable price.
ECS's Elitegroup N8500GT-256DY+ is a nice twist on the basic 8500 GT architecture. While it shares many of its features with the Asus EN8500GT Silent, it offers increased performance.
The ECS Elitegroup N8500GT-256DY+'s core and memory clock speeds, not so spectacular at their default settings, have been raised by ECS to a more palatable 500MHz and 450MHz.
The ECS Elitegroup N8500GT-256DY+ produced slightly improved framerates, pushing the MSI up to the 30fps (frames per second) mark that's critical to a game being playable. We'd prefer 40fps or 50fps, but you can't have everything.
The 8500 GT theoretically supports DirectX 10.0. In reality, the ECS Elitegroup N8500GT-256DY+ will make a dog's breakfast of the sophisticated games titles that will be programmed to take advantage of DirectX 10.0. However, performance on current games isn't at all bad, given the low price point.