ATI RADEON 8500LE Review
By Vince Freeman :
March 11, 2002
Since we already have a pretty good idea on how the Radeon 8500 FSAA performance matches up to the NVIDIA competition, we're far more interested to see how the new Radeon 8500LE fares. We have taken Quake3 at Normal settings and run both cards through the gamut of 4X and 2X SmoothVision settings.
These results show quite conclusively that the 250/250 speeds of the Radeon 8500LE simply can't match the faster Radeon 8500 when it comes to SmoothVision. This is only natural, since the speed of the memory bus can have quite an impact on SV performance and the 128-MB of 8500LE simply can't make up the gap. SmoothVision performance is the one area where the Radeon 8500LE is noticeably slower than the Radeon 8500.
To put it succinctly, the 128-MB of DDR on the Radeon 8500LE makes for an interesting comparison against the higher-clocked, 64-MB Radeon 8500. Using the benchmarks as a basis, the Radeon 8500's 275/275 core and clock speed is mostly cancelled out by the 128-MB of the 250/250 Radeon 8500LE. This means we're not looking at a GeForce4 killer here, but only at a product that seeks to offer a high level of performance, but at a lower price. On that count, the Radeon 8500LE gets top marks.