Radeon 8500

Hi all, this is my first post here, although i've done alot of research at this board. I just bought my ATI Radeon 8500 and I can't be happier :)
This thing went in with no problems at all, is extremely fast, and looks damn fine too.

I would just like to thank all posters for the indepth information I got from here which helped me make my purchase.
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  1. good to hear that you're happy with it...just out of curiousity...what drivers are you using?

    <b><A HREF="http://gamershq.madonion.com/compare2k1.shtml?2932776" target="_new">P4 + DDR333</A>=<font color=blue>OK</font color=blue></b>
  2. for now, just the standard cd installation drivers, had no problems at all installing, I just uninstalled my old Nvidia drivers through add/remove programs, then shut down the pc and put in the Radeon...it detected it and installed the drivers right off the cd and Bam!
    My new specs are as follows:
    Asus A7V266-E W/Athlon XP 1600+
    256 meg DDR
    ATI Radeon 8500(Default Drivers)
    Sound Blaster Audigy
    Viewsonic 19" Monitor
    Seagate Barracuda IV 40 GB ATA100 @ 7200RPM

    I will be trying the newer 6043 drivers later tonight.
    BTW - my first attempt at 3DMark2001SE gave me a score of 7530.
  3. You need to get better drivers. I get the same score with my 1.33GHz Athlon and SDRAM!

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  4. can I just overwrite the current drivers with the new 6043's or is it best to uninstall the old ones first?
  5. uninstall the old ones first .. install as standard pci vga card .. reboot install new driver .. 3 steps in all


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  6. Uninstall the old drivers, use a program like <A HREF="http://ftp.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/system_resources_tune_up/regclean.exe" target="_new">Regclean</A> to clear out some of the "residual" registry entires, and then install the new drivers.

    I'm working on a program that will be able to do this more effectively and automatically to ensure that your drivers work right the first time.

    AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
  7. Okay, I just installed the 6043's and got a new score of 8100, now to overclocking :)
    thanks fellas
  8. Congrats.

    I have been unable to get the 6043 drivers to work. I've been very happy with the 6014 drivers, and just installed the 6025 drivers last night to check them out (my scores went down very slightly from the 6014, but nothing worth going back for).

    I did clean out the files for the 6043 drivers, however, I get a bluescreen on the startup of win2K that says the drivers failed to start up, and they point to that device.

    I'm not in a hurry for the speed increase, so I'll wait till ATI releases the drivers in some official form.

    I get about 7450 on 3dMark2001, which isn't too bad for an OEM Radeon. I got 7650 before I had to reinstall my OS and I went to a newer version of the Via 4-in-1 drivers.

    Anyone know what version of the Via drivers is best to run for Video performance?

    I do not like it Tom you see,
    I do not like green PCB.
  9. I'm currently running the via 4.37v drivers, they seem to be pretty stable for me.
  10. What benchmark is the 3Dmark? Is that a game or a test program?

    "Time is the fire in which we burn."
  11. 3DMark2001 is a benchmark
    You can get it at <A HREF="http://www.madonion.com" target="_new">http://www.madonion.com</A>

    Another good benchmarking tool a few people use here, and I found last night, is <A HREF="http://www.glexcess.com/" target="_new">GLExcess</A>. It works much like 3DMark, but is for OpenGL.

    I do not like it Tom you see,
    I do not like green PCB.
  12. What is a good/average benchmark on 3DMARK?

    "Time is the fire in which we burn."
  13. Most people do 1024x768x32 with 24bit buffering and compressed textures. Average score? Depends, but anything over 5000 is pretty decient. Most of the DX8 fully compatable cards get 7000 or more with 1GHZ+ systems.

    These are educated guesses on my part though. I could be badly mistaken.

    As for GLExcess marks, I've gotten about 5200 both runs on my system, but I don't know how that usually comes out.

    I do not like it Tom you see,
    I do not like green PCB.
  14. I just downloaded and installed the 6043 drivers from MaxReboot <A HREF="http://www.maxreboot.com/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1015264815,26919," target="_new">http://www.maxreboot.com/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1015264815,26919,</A>

    Finally I got rid of the multimedia problem where it looks as though someone is holding a comb against the bottom 1/3 of the camera lens. This was bugging me for some time. Now I can give this card my 100% recommendation.

    I can't think of a good signature so I'll use this one.
  15. Just finished beching whit GLExcess ,real nice benchmark!!

    Scored 5992 for tthat first try,i'll try to tweek my card for onpenGL and see if i can get this up a little!!

    Thanks for the link Bront!!

    The faster a computer is, the faster it will reach a crashed state :eek:
  16. Mag gimme a shout so we can catch up... jadeyoungblood@hotmail.com aka Sangre :)
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