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Radeon 8500 vs. Ti500 - Overclocked Graphics

Graphics Cards Compared

Graphic cards compared
Chip NameRadeon7500Radeon8500GeForce3Ti 200GeForce3Ti 500
CoreRV200R200NV 20NV 20
Manuf. Process0.15 Micron0.15 Micron0.15 Micron0.15 Micron
Chipclock290 MHz275 MHz175 MHz240 MHz
Memory Speed460 MHz (DDR)550 MHz (DDR)400 MHz (DDR)500 MHz (DDR)
Memory TypeSDRAMSDRAMSDRAMSDRAM
Memory Bus128Bit DDR128Bit DDR128Bit DDR128Bit DDR
Memory Size64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB
RAMDAC (S)350/350 MHz400/400 MHz350 MHz350 MHz
DualDisplayYESYES--
BusinterfaceAGP 1x/2x/4xAGP 2x/4xAGP 1x/2x/4xAGP 1x/2x/4x
T&LYESYESYESYES
DirectXGenerationDX7DX8DX8DX8
Pixel Shader-YESYESYES
Vertex Shader-YESYESYES
Render Pipelines2444
Teturen per Pipe3322

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.