The performance section of the review, we have included scores for the Radeon 8500LE, Radeon 8500 and both the GeForce3 Ti 500 and Ti 200 cards. This gives us a good cross section of how the new ATI card stacks up against similarly-priced NVIDIA competition, as well as comparing it to the original Radeon 8500 board.
For a reference base, we have used a Pentium 4-2.2 GHz with the standard i845D/PC2100 DDR platform. This helps keep the CPU limitation out of the equation, as well as offering up potential performance figures using the popular DDR Pentium 4 platform.
The ATI driver revision used in our performance comparison is the latest 7.66 release, while the NVIDIA GeForce3 boards use the 23.11 Detonator XP driver release. Our game selection includes the popular Quake3 and 3DMark 2001, but we've also updated it a bit with Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Aquamark.
Color Depth: 16-bit
Intel i845D - Intel D845BG Motherboard
Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4
Memory: 256 MB Micron PC2100 DDR
Motherboard: Intel D845BG
Motherboard chip set: Intel 845D
INTEL specific drivers:
IDE Interface: 6.20
AGP Miniport: 3.20.1008
NVIDIA reference drivers: 23.11
ATI Radeon 8500 Drivers: 7.66
Hard-Drive: IBM 30GB Deskstar 7200RPM DMA/100
IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
Power Supply: Antec 300 Watt
Operating System: Windows XP Pro
ATI Radeon 8500LE
ATI Radeon 8500
VisionTek Xtasy 6564 GeForce3 Ti 500
Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti 200 GeForce3 Ti 200