3DMark2000 Ver 1.1 (AA turned on)
3DMark2000 is still a popular benchmarks for
evaluating 3D performance even though it is getting a bit dated. 3DMark2000
continues to provide benchmark results that gauge DirectX7 performance and
hardware transformation and lighting that older games still use. Version 1.1
ensures more reliable functionality with hardware and operating systems that
were released after the launch of 3DMark2000 in December 1999.
Higher numbers denote better
|3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results|
||GeForce3 Ti500 2x AA
||GeForce3 Ti500 QC AA
||GeForce3 Ti500 4x AA
||ATi Radeon 8500 2x P
||ATi Radeon 8500 4x P
||ATi Radeon 8500 2x Q
||ATi Radeon 8500 4x Q
||ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x P
||ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x P
||ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x Q
||ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x Q
Looking at these numbers, it'll be very hard to play any games with anything greater
then 2x AA. The performance with 4x just isn't there.
We're very pleased with the Radeon 8500. With it's
superb performance and features it makes the competition's lives very hard. It's nice that one
of the most powerful videocards out there is packed full of features such as DVI
output, TV-Output and dual monitor capabilities!
As we can see in it's performance the Radeon 8500 performs
very well, often times beating the GeForce3 Ti500. When overclocked it performs
even better! With full support for DirectX 8.1 (not even the GeForce4
Ti's are fully DirectX 8.1 compliant) it's quite future proof since games are usually
slower to adopt new technology - heck there are barely any DirectX 8.0
compatible games out yet!
With a retail price of $285 CDN, the Radeon 8500 is a card
that is hard to beat in terms of value as well. The closest nVidia
based competitor for price is the GeForce3 Ti200, and the Radeon 8500 will blow the
pants off that card.
ATi unfairly (or maybe it is fair) still has a reputation of producing lousy
drivers and the ones shipping with the Radeon 8500's are quite bad. The newer
ones are not a problem and in fact we didn't have one single incident with
the latest WHQL ones. With time and subsequent driver updates the Radeon 8500
will continue to shine and easily beat the GeForce3 Ti500 since it has the
raw power under the hood!