PowerMagic ATI Radeon 8500 in the test: Swan song for the GeForce3?
- 1 Foreword
- Scope of delivery
- 2 Technology & Features
- 8 Test system
- 19 CPU scaling
- 21 Overclocking and stability
Technology & Features
First we want to compare the technical data of the rivals:
The differences are immediately noticeable - the Radeon has a much higher chip and memory clock than the Geforce3. The memory bandwidth is also a good 1.5 GB/s higher. This apparently results in the higher pixel and texel fill rate. The Radeon 8500 has its own graphics engine, which is designed for DirectX 8.1 and, like the GeForce3, also uses pixel and vertex shaders. The Radeon 8500 uses its own anti-aliasing process - Smoothvision - which we will go into in more detail later. The Radeon 8500 has another plus point in terms of features with its dual display support, similar to the newer Matrox cards.
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