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 guage 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
||FIC Radeon 8500 2x P
||FIC Radeon 8500 4X P
||FIC Radeon 8500 2x Q
||FIC Radeon 8500 4x Q
||FIC Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x P
||FIC Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x P
||FIC Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 2x Q
||FIC Radeon 8500 (oc'ed) 4x Q
We only chose to use 2x and 4x (Performance and Quality)
modes for the Radeon 8500's because anyone using 5x or 6x would be crazy. Even
though the Radeon 8500 is quite powerful, there's no way you can play anything
with those settings. Unfortunately we don't have any pic's, but the Radeon 8500
AA was noticeably better in 3DMark2001SE than the GeForce3 Ti500.
The FIC Radeon 8500 stays very close to what ATI
themselves are offering consumers, save for a little
difference in core and memory clock speeds. With nothing physically present on the
card to separating itself from the rest, FIC have competed on price. At $250 CDN, the FIC Radeon
8500 is a pretty good bargain after all. Even the actual OEM ATi Radeon 8500 still
costs about $290 CDN. With a DVI output, TV Out and dual monitor support, this card
has it all.
The performance was very good even at stock speeds, and
the FIC Radeon 8500 didn't have a single problem with any of the games we threw
at it. By the time it started to max out, all the cards in its class
did as well.
The FIC Radeon 8500 has quite a few AA settings, however a gamer would be
nuts if they want to go above 4x AA. Any setting higher than that and the card
Our overclocking attempts gave us mixed emotions. On one hand, we could
overclock the FIC Radeon 8500 from 250/500 MHz to Retail ATi Radeon 8500 speeds
of 275/550 MHz, however anything higher and the card would either start
artifacting or completely lock up. Most retail ATi 8500's can break 300/600 no
problem, but then they have less distance to travel.
ATI has really handicapped its partners by insisting that the core and
memory speeds be set slightly lower than on their retail or OEM versions. If you are
in the market for a Radeon, it would seem to be in ATI's favor
to get the highest clocked models you can, rather than one operating 50MHz slower.
While FIC have certainly cobbled together a good product which is bound to
provide users with a solid gaming experience (just look at the benchmarks, the
difference on average is between 2-5 FPS) when put head to head against the
Retail ATI offering, it will not satisfy all types of users.
So would we recommend it? Well that depends on what type of user you are
If you an speed freak who only shops by FPS results and 3DMark scores and who
intends on overclocking the card further, you will probably be best served by an
OEM ATI Radeon 8500 (it will simply OC higher).
If on the other hand you an average user just looking for a solid video
card to compete with the GeForce 3, and only intend to play countless game after
game on it, then yes, the FIC Radeon 8500 is definitely worth considering. FIC
haven't added a whole lot to make this offering significantly stand out
from the rest, other than the good price point.