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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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AA Benchmarks and Conclusions

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1 (AA turned on) Source: MadOnion

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 performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. GeForce3 Ti500 2x AA 6327
2. GeForce3 Ti500 QC AA 5895
3. GeForce3 Ti500 4x AA 3864
4. ATi Radeon 8500 2x P 6649
5. ATi Radeon 8500 4x P 3368
6. ATi Radeon 8500 2x Q 5598
7. ATi Radeon 8500 4x Q 2603
8. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x P 6975
9. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x P 3612
10. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x Q 5874
11. ATi Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x Q 2801

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.

Conclusions:

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!

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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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