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ATI Radeon 8500 128MB Review

GF City Computers
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When you mention the name ATI just about everybody has heard of them. The 8500 card was ATI's flagship card until this week when the 9700 was released. Now people wanting or looking to upgrade will have a better chance of getting the higher end cards with prices dropping. I always get asked "what’s better the ATI 8500 or the Geforce 4 4600TI"? Well today we will cover this question. ATI has had a history of problems with their drivers for their video cards. Has that problem been fixed? We will cover this as well.

Nice looking box to attract consumers.


  • 275 MHZ Core clock
  • 275 MHZ memory clock
  • 400 MHZ Ramdac
  • 8.8GB/Sec Memory Bandwidth
  • 2.4 billion Pixels Per Second
  • HyperZ II
  • Truform
  • Smoothvision
  • AGP 2X/4X compatible
  • DirectX 8.1
  • OpenGL 1.3 support
  • Memory:

  • 128MB On-board DDR memory
  • TV-out:

  • TV-out up to 1024x768 resolutions
  • Driver support:

  • Win 2K, ME, Win 98, WinXP
  • System Requirements:

  • Intel Pentium II/III/Celeron, Pentium 4
  • AMD Athlon/Duron/XP
  • (systems with AGP 2.0 Slot and up to 4.0)
  • Not a great looking card, but since when have ATI had good looking cards. No ram sinks hmm wonder if it will come back to haunt them?

    This is one thing that really bugs me, for a card that is supposed to be the best, why would you put on such a small fan???? Will it hurt the card we shall see.

    As you can see there is a VGA port, S-Video and a DVI Connector for those of you that like your Flat Panel Display Monitors.

    Lots of cables for all your needs.

    Oh sure they put half life in the software package I just bought the game last week. Also included was driver disk.

    What you get:

  • Video Card
  • Driver/DVD Driver CD
  • S-Video Cord
  • DVI Connector
  • Patch cables
  • Game Half life
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card
  • I am going to run a series of tests with 3dmark 2001, Quake and Comanche 4. I will be comparing it to the 4600TI. Please note that the scores on the 4600Ti were tested on a 1800 MHz P4. I will be doing a review on a new 4600TI in a few days because my old one is getting tired.:)

    So let’s get started and see how the card performs. I love this part :)

    1. Installation & Specifications
    2. Testing & Conclusion
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