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Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review

Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Crucial is not a name you would normally associate with videocards, but they are now.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial.com Aug 01 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: QIII Arena and Conclusion

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 demo001
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440

149.6

2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE 112.5

Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 nv15demo
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440

57.5

2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE 54.7

In Quake III Arena we see that the Crucial Radeon 8500 lags behind the MX440 in both demo001 and the nv15demo.

Quake III Arena MAX 1600x1200 demo001
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440

67.5

2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE 51.2

Quake III Arena MAX 1600x1200 nv15demo
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440 36.5
2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE 30.3

The same trend we saw from above continues at 1600x1200.

Conclusions:

Crucial's first attempt at the videocard market is a good one, though not the fastest on the block. We're a little concerned about the overall 3D performance of the card compared to the GeForce4 MX since one usually associates a little higher benchmark performance with the Radeon 8500 GPU.

But anyway, for $135 US you get a fairly good videocard delivered right to your door that supports dual display's (one analog and one DVI), and has TV-Output as well. For peace of mind, the Crucial Radeon 8500LE 128MB also has a life time warranty.

As Crucial has done with memory upgrades, they hope to do with videocards, and the Crucial Radeon 8500LE is the first example of that. What may come in the future we don't yet know, but we can see that Crucial is targeting mainstream users with the same formula they have successfully used to sell memory. The choice to build the Radeon 8500LE with 6ns DDR memory is one not everyone will agree with, but for the mainstream user it should fine for an older system upgrade, as faster paced memories might be fully utilized anyhow.

Overall, if you're looking for a good videocard and don't want any service headache's, check out Crucial's Radeon 8500LE 128MB. You might just like what you see.

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Contents of Article: Crucial.com Radeon 8500LE
 Pg 1.  Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks and other Aspects
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: AquaMark and Codecreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: QIII Arena and Conclusion

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