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Graphics Cards Compared

Radeon 8500 vs. Ti500 - Overclocked Graphics
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Graphic cards compared
Chip Name Radeon
7500
Radeon
8500
GeForce3
Ti 200
GeForce3
Ti 500
Core RV200 R200 NV 20 NV 20
Manuf. Process 0.15 Micron 0.15 Micron 0.15 Micron 0.15 Micron
Chipclock 290 MHz 275 MHz 175 MHz 240 MHz
Memory Speed 460 MHz (DDR) 550 MHz (DDR) 400 MHz (DDR) 500 MHz (DDR)
Memory Type SDRAM SDRAM SDRAM SDRAM
Memory Bus 128Bit DDR 128Bit DDR 128Bit DDR 128Bit DDR
Memory Size 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB
RAMDAC (S) 350/350 MHz 400/400 MHz 350 MHz 350 MHz
DualDisplay YES YES - -
Businterface AGP 1x/2x/4x AGP 2x/4x AGP 1x/2x/4x AGP 1x/2x/4x
T&L YES YES YES YES
DirectX
Generation
DX7 DX8 DX8 DX8
Pixel Shader - YES YES YES
Vertex Shader - YES YES YES
Render Pipelines 2 4 4 4
Teturen per Pipe 3 3 2 2

Student Driver

Unfortunately, on the driver front the Radeon 8500 has left a lot to be desired. Instead of SmoothVision anti-aliasing, the drivers only support the older (and slower) SuperSampling method. The stability of the Windows XP driver left much to be desired, as did its performance. The "Nature Test" in 3DMark2001 would regularly reboot the computer it was run on. Interestingly, this problem did not occur on a Pentium 4 under Windows XP. 3DMark2000, on the other hand, required up to 5 tries to complete even one successful run under Windows XP (with both CPU's), as it kept exiting to the Windows desktop. This happened both on the Pentium 4 and the Athlon.

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