PowerMagic ATI Radeon 7500 in the test: The old middle class re-drilled
With the For the time being, ATI has Radeon 8500 as a new reference for high-end graphics species taken care of. But what about in the middle price and performance segment?
The good old Radeon from ATI has a lot under its belt and can no longer compete with the competition from Nvidia have set the bar in the mid-end graphics card area quite high with their GeForce2 Ti.
In contrast to what is usual at Nvidia, ATI does not rely on a slimmed-down version of the Radeon 8500, but rather missed it the old Radeon1 chip simply a smaller production technology, drove the clock rate up, donated a second RAMDAC and a TV-out function. The result is the Radeon 7500, which we wanted to take a closer look at. To do this, we used the PowerMagic Radeon 7500, which can be purchased from CompuFlash for DM 336.00.
Scope of delivery
In the package you can find next to a small manual (Quick Installation Guide), a driver CD,which, in addition to DirectX8, also contains the latest drivers for every system, and a CD with the DVD software PowerDVD 3.0. Unfortunately, games or other extras are not included with the card. In return, you get all the necessary cables and adapters included, which you need to connect to the television or a second monitor:
- S-Video cable
- S- Video composite adapter
- Composite cable (cinch)
- DVI-I to VGA adapter (for connecting a second analog monitor to the digital output)
The design of the card is oriented is clearly based on the ATI reference design and actually only differs through the sticker with the PowerMagic logo on the L. from its ATI original. PowerMagic has dispensed with a particularly fashionable or extravagant design, as is currently very popular with some other graphics card manufacturers. Likewise, the 4ns fast memory, distributed over eight modules on the top and bottom, does not have any additional cooling. This is also not necessary because it is operated at 230MHz (460 DDR) below its maximum specification of 250MHz (500) and therefore does not require any additional cooling during normal operation. It could look different with overclocking, of course, but we'll get to that later.
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