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

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

Driver

The drivers for the PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE) come directly as well as for all other ATI Radeon 8500 cards from ATI. Nothing in this test caused more problems than the old ATI drivers - mind you, versions 4.13.7191 for Windows 9x/ME and version 6.13.3276 for Windows XP. Above all, running the benchmarks under XP caused major problems at the expense of performance, for example 3DMark 2000 crashed regularly, VSync did not deactivate itself in Unreal Tournament regardless of the settings and the overall performance was miserable and a crash-free benchmark was a matter of luck. These problems have changed with the new driver versions 4.13.7206 for Windows 9x/ME and 6.12.3286immediately, at least under Windows 98, because under Windows XP 3DMark 2000 still crashed, the performance was considerably better - but still considerably below Windows 98. With the new drivers, Smoothvision was finally activated and the Quake3 cheat was removed.

Radeon 8500 Direct3D Tab
Radeon 8500 Displays Tab
Radeon 8500 OpenGL Tab
Radeon 8500 Smoothvision OpenGL
Radeon 8500 Smoothvision D3D

Although the 4.13.7206 for Windows 9x/ME driver conjured up some performance boosts, especially in 3DMark 2001, and also fixed various display errors, it also brought its curiosities with it , because suddenly the Radeon 8500, which was clocked at the retail clock, lost almost 300 points each in only the resolutions 800x600 and 1024x768, while the card that ran at the standard clock even gained points.

Caution should also be exercised when benchmarking: The driver offers the option of converting 32 bit textures to 16 bit textures under OpenGL, which of course falsifies the results and quality. Another known problem from nVidia cards is the Windows XP driver - the 60 Hz problem. This problem can be solved using the Rage3D Tweaker , which also has the corresponding settings for many other problems with games, similar to NVMax, directly in theRegistry in the driver settings and brings ready-made game profiles with you, if problems should arise with certain games, these can be bypassed or fixed comes straight to the corresponding driver menus without having to click around, which are really clear and user-friendly.

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