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ATI Radeon 8500 128MB Review

Bosco    -   August 22, 2002


Testing

Test setup:

  • AMD 2100+ (Not Overclocked)
  • GA-7VRXP
  • Memory 512MB DDR(Infineon)
  • WinXP Pro
  • I will be using the Catalyst 2.2 driver for the ATI. So let’s get started and see how it does.

    3dmark2001

    Ouch the ATI didn't fair to well. It seemed like the higher the resolutions the better results it was getting over the 4600Ti. There is quite a clock speed difference between the Two cards, the 4600TI has a GPU clock or 300 MHz and 650 MHz memory clock well above 275 MHz that this 8500 has on its GPU and memory. This is for sure going to have an affect on performance.

    Comanche 4

    Faired a little better here but not much.:/

    Quake

    That is not good at all but clock speeds come into play here I think. I didn't have problems with drivers at all so it appears ATI finally is addressing that problem.

    Conclusion

    For the flagship card I dunno, I was not impressed at all. For the price of the card I thought it would have been better. One thing that I do have to stress is that the clock speeds are a lot higher on the TI card then the ATI. I have to give ATI credit though the picture quality was very good but it lacks performance. I don't see this card much of a challenge to the 4600TI at all. If you are looking for a decent card you could try this one but you may want to look at a 4200 or 4400TI if a 4600TI is to expensive. The price for this card being $269 I think is a little much for the performance that you get in return.

    Pros

  • Good graphics
  • S-Video
  • DVI Slot
  • Games included
  • Cons

  • Expensive
  • Poor Performance
  • Small Fan on GPU
  • No Memory Sinks
  • Poor Instructions



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