A - Synthetic Numbers
It starts well for Radeon 8500 as well as for Radeon 7500. Both are winning their leagues in 3D Mark 2001.
A look at the real fill rate shows that Radeon 8500 is well ahead of NVIDIA's flagship GeForce3 Ti500. The same is valid for Radeon 7500, which is able to beat all GeForce2 versions.
It is still very questionable how much real-world value these numbers represent, but ATi will be happy to see how badly the programmable Charisma II T&L-engine of Radeon 8500 is beating all NVIDIA's GeForce3 chips.