We ran into
a big hitch when we tried to overclock the videocard. Using PowerStrip version
3.20 we were unable to manipulate the GPU or memory frequency. The program identified
the videocard properly at the appropriate speeds (250 MHz GPU, 166 MHz
memory) but maxing out the sliders didn't bring any performance gain. This
isn't a big concern since the Crucial Radeon 8500LE is not intended for
the relatively small overclocker market.
Test System Specs:|
12.5 x 133 MHz = 1.66 GHz
Crucial Radeon 8500LE 128MB
Albatron GeForce4 MX440
256MB Kingston DDR333
||10 GB Maxtor
||NEC 52x CD-ROM|
Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive
||Thermalright SK-6 w/40 CFM YS
||Antec 400W PSU |
||WindowsXP Build 2600|
ATI Catalyst 7.72
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
Return to Castle
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
|3DMark 2000 Benchmark Results|
||Albatron GeForce4 MX440
||Crucial Radeon 8500LE
general, ATI card's have never faired well in 16 bit colour even dating as far
back as the Rage 128! Here the Albatron MX440 cleanly beats the Crucial Radeon 8500LE.
3DMark2001SE is the latest installment in the
3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new
graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE
has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor
manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite
demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test
a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders,
Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping,
support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests
using Ipion real-time physics.
Higher numbers denote better performance.
|3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results |
||Crucial Radeon 8500LE
Here the Crucial Radeon 8500LE is able to score
higher then the MX440 mainly due to the fact that the 8500LE is a DirectX 8
videocard while the MX440 is only DX 7 compatible.