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Our Athlon Test Rig

Radeon 8500 vs. Ti500 - Overclocked Graphics
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Testing was conducted on an MSI K7 Master-S, a board featuring the AMD761 Chipset. The board was powered by an Athlon 1333 C. Windows 98SE and Windows XP Professional were the operating systems of choice.

Hardware
Processor AMD Athlon 1333 MHz
133 MHz FSB
Motherboard MSI K7 Master-S (MS-6341)
AMD 760
Memory 256 MB DDR-SDRAM, PC2100, CL2.0, 133 MHz
HD 40 GB, 5T040H4, Maxtor
UDMA100 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache
Graphic Cards
Nvidia GeForce2 Ultra Chipclock: 250 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 230 MHz
Nvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3 Chipclock: 200 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 230 MHz
Nvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti200 Chipclock: 175 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 200 MHz
Nvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti500 Chipclock: 240 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 250 MHz
Nvidia Referencedriver v21.85
ATI Radeon 7500 Chipclock: 290 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 230 MHz
ATI driver: V4.13.7184 (Win98)
ATI Radeon 8500 Chipclock: 275 MHz
Memory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memoryclock: 275 MHz
ATI driver: V4.13.7191 (Win98)
ATI driver: V6.13.3276 (WinXP)
Drivers & Software
AGP (AMD) Miniport Drivers 4.80 (Win98SE)
DirectX version 8.0a for NV and 8.1 RC2 for R8500 (Win98) - 8.1 (WinXP)
Operatingsystem 1 Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Operatingsystem 2 Windows XP (V5.1 Build 2600)
Benchmarks and settings
Evolva DirectX 7 game with T&L Support
Evolva Bump DirectX 7 game with T&L Support
(Testrun with Dot3 Bump Mapping enabled)
Giants DirectX 7 game with T&L Support
Unreal Tournament v4.36 - DirectX 7 game (Benchmark.dem)
Quake3 v1.17 OpenGL with HW Transformation Support (Demo001)
RTCW MP Test - OpenGL with
HW Transformation Support (borsti1)
Villagemark Overdraw Test
3DMark 2000 Synthetic DirectX 7 Benchmark
3DMark 2001 Synthetic DirectX 8 Benchmark

All tests were run in 32Bit color. The results for the lesser Radeon 7500 are taken from a previous article for that card, hence the older driver version.

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