PowerMagic ATI Radeon 8500 in the test: Swan song for the GeForce3?

PowerMagic ATI Radeon 8500 in the test: Swan song for the GeForce3?


For a long time, nVidia has been able to maintain its supremacy in high-end graphics cards with the GeForce3, with the appearance of ATI's Radeon 8500, the The GeForce3 tops the GeForce3 in terms of its features, it comes under increasing pressure. Since ATI decided to supply OEMs with the RADEON 8500, the horror was great when it turned out that these OEMs were only clocked with 250Mhz/250Mhz instead of 275Mhz/275Mhz and ATI these after the delivery of the cards as the ATI Radeon 8500 LE designated. There was a lot of screaming on the web because of this 25Mhz clock difference and the unavailability of the original ATI Radeon 8500 retail cards. Added to this was the fact that ATI had cheated a little with their old drivers to get Quake3 through alower image quality to achieve higher frame rates.

Whether the ATI Radeon 8500 is really faster and better than the GeForce3, And of course we wanted to find out what performance differences there are between the Radeon 8500 LE and the original ATI Radeon 8500, which is clocked 25 Mhz higher, because the clock rate of our test card, the PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE), is like it Among other things, CompuFlash is available without any problems from 250Mhz/250Mhz to 275Mhz/275Mhz, we have this card compete against the GeForce3 in both the Radeon 8500 LE and the ATI RADEON 8500 Retail clock. But that's not enough - in order not to let a possible driver optimization of both cards on the common benchmarks weigh too much - the repertoire of benchmarks used in this review is particularly large.

Scope of delivery

  • Composite cable (cinch)
  • DVI-I to VGA adapter (for connecting a second analog monitor to the digital output of the card)
  • S-Video Composite Adapter
  • S-Video Cable
The sales packaging of the PowerMagic Radeon 8500
The supplied cables, software and adapters
PowerMagic Radeon 8500 Front
PowerMagic Radeon 8500 Back

On the next page: Technology & Features