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ATI Radeon 8500 Videocard Review

ATI Radeon 8500 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In fact, the Radeon 8500 had so much potential it was dubbed a "GeForce3 killer".
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External Mfg. Website: ATI Mar 26 2002   Colin Sun  
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RTCW Benchmarks

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Source: ID Software

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a relatively new game benchmark. However, RTCW takes up where Quake III left off and continues to form the basis of the first person shooter system stressing that QIII has become a hallmark for. Based upon the Quake III engine, RTCS is obviously going to be quite taxing on even a top end system.

Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

RTCW MAX 1024x768 atdemo6
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. GeForce2 Ti 57.6
2. GeForce3 Ti500 59.8
3. Radeon 64 DDR 48.6
4. ATi Radeon 8500 59.2
5. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 61.3

RTCW MAX 1024x768 atdemo8
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. GeForce2 Ti 141.2
2. GeForce3 Ti500 170.8
3. Radeon 64 DDR 105.7
4. ATi Radeon 8500 165.2
5. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 177.3

With the atdemo6 we're all CPU limited which is why the GeForce2 Ti can compete with the bigger guns. However with the atdemo8, things look a lot better. The Radeon 8500 at stock speeds can't quite keep up with the GeForce3 Ti500. Once the Radeon 8500 is overclocked it jumps quickly to a lead.

RTCW MAX 1600x1200 atdemo6
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. GeForce2 Ti 34.7
2. GeForce3 Ti500 43.2
3. Radeon 64 DDR 24.1
4. ATi Radeon 8500 45.2
5. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 47.6

RTCW MAX 1600x1200 atdemo8
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. GeForce2 Ti 63.1
2. GeForce3 Ti500

98.1

3. Radeon 64 DDR 46.3
4. ATi Radeon 8500 85.4
5. ATi Radeon 8500 94.7

With all the cards pushing 1600x1200 we begin to separate the men from the boys. Older generation videocards such as the GeForce2 Ti and Radeon 64 DDR just don't have the power use this high a resolution with a game as demanding as RTCW. With the Radeon 8500 overclocked, it is just a touch slower then the GeForce3 Ti500.

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Contents of Article: ATI Radeon 8500
 Pg 1.  ATI Radeon 8500 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Technology of the Radeon 8500
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  — RTCW Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  QIII Arena Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Serious Sam Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  AA Benchmarks and Conclusions

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