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

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

Serious Sam

Serious Sam is also a popular OpenGL first person shooter with its own 3D engine. The test was done with the benchmarking script 32 Bit HQ ++ from 3DCenter (all 32 Bit Max, 32 Bit textures, etc.) and the 'Peaceful Night in Karnak' as a time demo.

Serious Sam 32 Bit HQ ++

Also in this benchmark the Radeon 8500 LE can stand out from the Geforce3, albeit only minimally (exception 1600x1200) The card, which is clocked at the retail cycle, clearly stands out from the LE with 6% only at a resolution of 1280x1024.


The Dronezmark is in the demo and in theFull version of Dronez included and is an OpenGL game that comes with some GeForce3 cards as a bundle. In the demo overwhelming effects are shown, but it seems to have been optimized for Geforce3.

Dronezmark 32 Bit

The result seems frighteningly sobering when I say that this bench is absolutely GeForce3 optimized, since the important DX 8.0 features could not be used with the Radeon 8500. And since both cards had to be tested without these features such as Vertex Shaders, these features could have been activated, the Powermagic Radeon 8500 (LE) would have probably pulled away from the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3.

Vulpine GLMark

GLMark was developed by the German software company Vulpine and, like 3DMark2000 and 3DMark2001 for DirectX, is a purely synthetic benchmark for OpenGL. The benchmark is highly complex and can already use some of the new GeForce3 features. So that the comparison of the two cards with each other is really fair, only the Advanced OpenGL features were given, and only those that the Radeon 8500 actually supports in the current drivers, for example without Vertex Array Range. But quality should not be foregone anyway, so texture compression was switched off and the textures set to 32 bits.

Vulpine GLMark 32 Bit Advanced Features

The GeForce3 is clearly ahead here with resolutions of 800x600 and 1600x1200, while the differences in the other resolutions are much smaller , but in general it should also be said that nVidia-based cards do significantly better in the test than others. Even those on the retail cycleoperated Radeon 8500 hardly brings any performance increase.

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