The new mainstream Radeon: The 9000 series


In Giants, the R9000 PRO plays its trump card, and, at up to 1280x1024, it even beats the GeForce4 Ti4200. It's not clear where this performance boost comes from, because the Radeon 8500 is considerable further behind. It's only at the highest resolution that the 9000 breaks down. The reason for the setback for the older version might be caused by the somewhat outdated driver that we had to resort to when testing the R7500 and R8500, due to the reasons mentioned at the beginning of this article. In this test, NVIDIA's GeForce4 MX460 just barely manages to outperform the R7500.