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ATI RADEON 8500 & 7500 Review

By Vince Freeman :  December 3, 2001

ATI RADEON 8500 and 7500 Specifications

RADEON 8500 Specifications

Graphics controller

  • 275 MHz RADEON 8500 GPU (R200)

Memory configuration

  • 64MB of 275 MHz (550 MHz DDR) of double data rate memory

Operating systems support

  • Windows 98/98SE
  • Windows Me
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP

Monitor support

  • CRT Monitor: 15-pin VGA connector
  • TV and VCR: s-video or composite connector
  • DVI-I (flat panel display) connector

Display support

  • Register compatible with VGA
  • BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
  • DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support
  • VESA Display Power Management Support
  • Separate horizontal and vertical synchronization at TTL levels

Features

  • TRUFORM
  • SMARTSHADER
  • DirectX 8.1 support
  • OpenGL 1.3
  • SMOOTHVISION anti-aliasing
  • HYPER Z II
  • CHARISMA ENGINE II
  • PIXEL TAPESTRY II
  • VIDEO IMMERSION II
  • High Performance Memory Support
  • Dual Display Support
  • Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
  • Twin Cache Architecture
  • SuperScalar Rendering
  • Single-Pass Multi-texturing
  • True Color Rendering
  • Triangle Setup Engine
  • Texture Cache
  • Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
  • Line & Edge Anti-aliasing
  • Full-Screen Anti-aliasing
  • Texture Compositing
  • Texture Decompression
  • Specular Highlights
  • Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
  • Mip-Mapping
  • Z-buffering and Double-buffering
  • Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
  • Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
  • Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights, LOD biasing and texture morphing

System requirements

  • Pentium 4/III/II/Celeron, AMD K6/Athlon or compatible with AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot
  • 64MB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive

Warranty

  • 3-year limited warranty

RADEON 7500 Specifications

Graphics controller

  • 290 MHz RADEON 7500 GPU (RV200)

Memory configuration

  • 64MB of 230 MHz (460 MHz DDR) of double data rate memory

Operating systems support

  • Windows 98/98SE
  • Windows Me
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows XP

Monitor support

  • CRT Monitor: 15-pin VGA connector
  • S-Video or composite connector
  • DVI-I (flat panel display) connector

Display support

  • Register compatible with VGA
  • BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
  • DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support
  • VESA Display Power Management Support
  • Separate horizontal & vertical synchronization at TTL levels

Features

  • CHARISMA ENGINE
  • HYPER Z technology
  • PIXEL TAPESTRY architecture
  • VIDEO IMMERSION technology
  • Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
  • Twin Cache Architecture
  • SuperScalar Rendering
  • Single-Pass Multi-Texturing
  • True Color Rendering
  • Triangle Setup Engine
  • Texture Cache
  • Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
  • Line & Edge Anti-Aliasing
  • Full-Screen Anti-Aliasing
  • Texture Compositing
  • Texture Decompression
  • Specular Highlights
  • Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
  • Mip-Mapping
  • Z-Buffering and Double-Buffering
  • Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
  • Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
  • Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights, LOD biasing and texture morphing

System requirements

  • Pentium 4/Celeron/III/II, AMD K6/Athlon or compatible with AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive on PCs with an Intel Pentium II processor (or equivalent) and 32MB of system memory

Warranty

  • 3-year limited warranty


Page 1

Introduction

Page 2

The ATI RADEON 8500 and 7500

Page 3

The ATI RADEON 8500 and 7500 Cards

  • Page 4

    ATI RADEON 8500 and 7500 Specifications

    Page 5

    Performance

    Page 6

    Quake3 Performance

    Page 7

    Serious Sam Peformance

    Page 8

    3DMark2001 Performance

    Page 9

    Re-Volt Performance and Benchmark Analysis

    Page 10

    SMOOTHVISION Performance

    Page 11

    Delving Deeper into SMOOTHVISION

    Page 12

    RADEON 8500 Real World Performance

    Page 13

    RADEON 8500 Drivers and Overclocking

    Page 14

    Value and Conclusion