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Radeon 8500 vs. Ti500 - Overclocked Graphics

Our Athlon Test Rig

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
ProcessorAMD Athlon 1333 MHz133 MHz FSB
MotherboardMSI K7 Master-S (MS-6341)AMD 760
Memory256 MB DDR-SDRAM, PC2100, CL2.0, 133 MHz
HD40 GB, 5T040H4, MaxtorUDMA100 7200 rpm 2 MB Cache
Graphic Cards
Nvidia GeForce2 UltraChipclock: 250 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 230 MHzNvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3Chipclock: 200 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 230 MHzNvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti200Chipclock: 175 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 200 MHzNvidia Referencedriver v21.85
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti500Chipclock: 240 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 250 MHzNvidia Referencedriver v21.85
ATI Radeon 7500Chipclock: 290 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 230 MHzATI driver: V4.13.7184 (Win98)
ATI Radeon 8500Chipclock: 275 MHzMemory: 64 MB DDR-SDRAMMemoryclock: 275 MHzATI driver: V4.13.7191 (Win98)ATI driver: V6.13.3276 (WinXP)
Drivers & Software
AGP (AMD)Miniport Drivers 4.80 (Win98SE)
DirectX version8.0a for NV and 8.1 RC2 for R8500 (Win98) - 8.1 (WinXP)
Operatingsystem 1Windows 98 SE, Version 4.10.2222 A
Operatingsystem 2Windows XP (V5.1 Build 2600)
Benchmarks and settings
EvolvaDirectX 7 game with T&L Support
Evolva BumpDirectX 7 game with T&L Support(Testrun with Dot3 Bump Mapping enabled)
GiantsDirectX 7 game with T&L Support
Unreal Tournamentv4.36 - DirectX 7 game (Benchmark.dem)
Quake3 v1.17OpenGL with HW Transformation Support (Demo001)
RTCWMP Test - OpenGL withHW Transformation Support (borsti1)
VillagemarkOverdraw Test
3DMark 2000Synthetic DirectX 7 Benchmark
3DMark 2001Synthetic 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.