ATi Radeon 8500 Videocard Review
When ATi introduced the Radeon 8500 everyone in the videocard industry was quite
excited; finally there was some real competition for nVidia (Matrox has long been out
of the running). In fact, the Radeon 8500 had so much potential it was
dubbed a "GeForce3 killer".
After its initial release back in October the
Radeon 8500 was met with mixed emotions. The card had immense potential, and
with such a powerful chip it should have done well but in true ATi fashion the
8500 was plagued with driver problems. With subsequent driver updates the card
got better and better, and now it's performance is even better than
the GeForce3 Ti500 in certain benchmarks!
in support for DirectX 8.1 features so the Radeon 8500 is still one of the
most advanced videocards on the market today. Yes, even more advanced than
the GeForce4 Ti line of videocards! (Ed. flame here) The core of
the Radeon 8500 is clocked at 275 MHz and backed up with 64 MB of DDR RAM that runs at 550 MHz.
The 8500 is a videocard to be reckoned with by any
Included in the retail ATi
package is a DVI to analog converter for dual display capabilities, one s-video
to s-video cable, one s-video to composite cable, a users manual, driver CD and
full versions of Half-Life,
Team Fortress Classic and Counter Strike (one of the better gaming