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

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

CPU scaling

Of course it is Of great interest was which of the two opponents scales the CPU better and which card can get the most benefit from a fast CPU and how they behave on slower systems. We used 3DMark 2000, 3Dmark2001 for DirectX 7.0 and Direct X 8.0 as benchmarks, as well as Quake 3 as OpenGL representative. It was tested with the clock frequencies of 1.0 GHz, 1.2 GHz and also with an FSB of 266 MHz - the results of the 1.4 GHz CPU were already available. 100% performance relates to the determined results from 1.0 GHz. This time we ignored the Radeon, which is clocked at 275 Mhz, because, as already mentioned, it uses the current driverIn contrast to the Radeon 8500 LE variant, performance losses suffered.


CPU scaling 3DMark 2000 16 Bit

In 3DMark2000 the PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE) converts the CPU power into performance really well, although the difference between the profit is from the higher CPU frequency and the converted graphics performance compared to the GeForce3 at 1.2 Ghz only 1-2% more. However, the Radeon 8500, with a 3-4% increase in performance, benefits more from the 1.4 Ghz CPU than the GeForce3!

CPU scaling 3DMark 2000 32 bit

In 32 bit color depth the PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE) can still use a higher CPU frequency pull than the GeForce3, but this difference is only reduced by 0.5 to 1.6%.


CPU scaling 3DMark 2001 32 bit

A very interesting result, although the PowerMagic Radeon 8500 (LE) pulls once again Up to 1.5% more benefit from the increased clock frequency than the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3, but in the standard resolution of the benchmark, at 1024x768, they are almost exactly the same. There the GeForce3 is even half a percent better in the 1.2 Ghz discipline, but this can also fall within the scope of a measurement tolerance.

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