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Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti500 in the test: Against the ATi Radeon 8500

Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti500 in the test: Against the ATi Radeon 8500

Preface

The GeForce3 Ti 500 is actually just a drilled out and improved GeForce3 and a direct competitor of the ATI Radeon 8500. We took a closer look at the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti 500 and let them compete against the GeForce3, GeForce3 Ti 200 and the ATI PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE). Whether the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti 500 can stand up to the Radeon 8500, and how much faster she is than her sisters, you will find out on the following pages.

Scope of delivery

As usual, Inno3D includes a wide range of software and accessories with its cards. Even with the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti 500 no savings were made here. On the contrary, in addition to the card, the box contains:

  • S-VHS Composite Adapter (cinch), as well as an associated connection cable (cinch)
  • InnoVision MegaPack Bundle
  • Colored user manual
  • Inno3D Mousepad
Ti 500 3D view
Ti 500 Box
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Bundle

The Innovision MegaPack Bundle contains:

  • Universal Driver CD
  • Intervideo WinDVD 2000
  • Colorific 3Deep, Printerfic and True Internet Color (with Color-Key)
  • Ulead Photo Impact 5
  • InnoCreation Media Gallery
  • Incoming Forces (GeForce3 features are used in the game)

But let's take a look at the map in detail:

Inno3D GeForce3 Ti500 Front
Inno3D GeForce3 Ti500 Back
Storage cooler with Inno3D logo

InnVision is once again going for black and blue. The special thing about the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti 500 is that the blue heat sinks now have their own Inno3D lettering. The PCB now also consists of eight layers instead of the six otherwise usual with GeForce3 cards. A Blue Orb is used again as the GPU cooler, which cools the card very well. We also noticed the very good workmanship of the card. In contrast to the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3, the heat sinks are closer to the memory chips, which is probably the result of a different mounting method. The cooling performance should clearly have been improved by this method.

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