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ATi's Radeon 8500 Is Final Or Something Like That ...
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Here's a quick comparison of the Radeon 8500 with its competitors from NVIDIA:

  Radeon 8500 GeForce3 Ti500 GeForce3 GeForce3 Ti200
Engine Programmable T&L (ATi "Charisma Engine II ") Programmable T&L ("vertex & pixel shader ") Programmable T&L ("vertex & pixel shader ") Programmable T&L ("vertex & pixel shader ")
Core Clock 275 MHz 240 MHz 200 MHz 175 MHz
Memory Clock 550 MHz 500 MHz 460 MHz 400 MHz
Theoretical Peak Pixel Fill Rate 1100 Mpixel/s 960 Mpixel/s 800 Mpixel/s 700 Mpixel/s
Peak Memory Bandwidth 8800 MB/s (plus "HyperZ II ") 8000 MB/s (plus "light speed memory architecture ") 7360 MB/s (plus "light speed memory architecture ") 6400 MB/s (plus "light speed memory architecture ")
Typical Memory Configuration 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM

Radeon 8500 comes with superior memory bandwidth as well as theoretical fill rate, the historically most important figures to estimate 3D-performance of a graphics card.

Here's the same for Radeon 7500:

  Radeon 7500 GeForce2 Ultra GeForce2 Ti GeForce2 Pro
Engine Fixed Function T&L Fixed Function T&L Fixed Function T&L Fixed Function T&L
Core Clock 290 MHz 250 MHz 250 MHz 200 MHz
Memory Clock 460 MHz 460 MHz 400 MHz 400 MHz
Theoretical Peak Pixel Fill Rate 580 Mpixel/s 1000 Mpixel/s 1000 Mpixel/s 800 Mpixel/s
Peak Memory Bandwidth 7360 MB/s 7360 MB/s 6400 MB/s 6400 MB/s
Typical Memory Configuration 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM 64 MB DDR SDRAM

Radeon 7500 may have a lower theoretical fill rate than the rest, but the much more important memory bandwidth is on par with the good old GeForce2 Ultra and clearly superior to other GeForce2 cards.

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