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    ATI RADEON 8500LE Review
    By Vince Freeman :  March 11, 2002


    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.

    Test System

    General Settings
    Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    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

    Video Cards:
    ATI Radeon 8500LE
    ATI Radeon 8500
    VisionTek Xtasy 6564 GeForce3 Ti 500
    Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti 200 GeForce3 Ti 200

    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The ATI Radeon 8500LE
    Page 3 Radeon 8500LE Specifications
  • Page 4 Performance
    Page 5 3DMark 2001 Pro Performance
    Page 6 Quake3 and Serious Sam 2 Performance
    Page 7 Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Aquanox Performance
    Page 8 Smoothvision Performance and Benchmark Analysis
    Page 9 ATI RADEON 8500LE Overclocking
    Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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