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    ATI Radeon 8500 64MB
    Author: David Pitlyuk
    Date Posted: April 24th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 8.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Radeon 8500 64MB is a great overall card with good features, good performance, and good quality.

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    Features

    3D gaming

    • Powered by the revolutionary RADEON™ 8500 GPU and 64MB of DDR memory for the fastest and most advanced 3D graphics on the market
    • Features ATI's innovative TRUFORM™ technology that makes the outlines of 3D characters and objects look smoother and more natural than ever before
    • High resolution 32-bit 3D gaming up to 2048x1536
    • ATI's HYPER Z™ II technology conserves memory bandwidth for improved performance in demanding applications and boosts effective bandwidth by over 25%
    • SMOOTHVISION™ anti-aliasing - the most advanced anti-aliasing to eliminate distracting visual artifacts for smoother looking images and without serious performance compromise

    Visual effects

    • ATI's new SMARTSHADER™ technology takes advantage of the DirectX® 8.1 features to enable more complex and realistic texture and lighting effects
    • The only graphics board to support DirectX® 8.1
    • Best performance for today's and tomorrow's demanding applications
    • Full support and compliance with OpenGL® 1.3 applications
    • CHARISMA ENGINE™ II supports full Transformation, Clipping and Lighting (T&L) at 75 million triangles/second peak processing capability
    • PIXEL TAPESTRY™ II, the RADEON™ 8500 3D rendering engine, powers an incredible 2.4 Gigatexels per second for the highest fill rates in 32-bit at high resolutions

    Dual monitor support

    • Leading-edge HYDRAVISION™ technology supports traditional CRT monitors, flat panel displays and TVs
    • Multi-task with MultiDesk - play multi-monitor games, or work in different applications on each monitor without having to switch back-and-forth
    • Assign 'Hot Key' shortcuts for the most used functions
    • Vary settings from one application to the next, or choose global settings that determine the behavior of windows and dialog boxes for all applications in your multi-monitor environment
    • Learn more about HYDRAVISION™

    Video playback

    • ATI's VIDEO IMMERSION™ II technology enables integration of industry-leading digital video features, including advanced de-interlacing algorithms for unprecedented video quality and integrated digital TV decode capability
    • Includes programmable gamma for the overlay and Frame Rate Conversion (Temporal Filtering)
    • Hardware DVD saves the expense of buying a separate MPEG-2/DVD decoder card and motion compensation allows for DVD decoding with minimum CPU usage
    • HDTV ready

    DVI and TV/Video output support

    • RADEON™ 8500 uses RAGE THEATER™ companion chip for high quality video output
    • Features 165MHz integrated TMDS transmitter to support DVI up to UXGA (1600x1200) resolution
    • Get all of the incredible 3D and DVD of RADEON™ 8500 with the benefit of flat panels - crisper images, significantly reduced eyestrain and space savings
    • Use video-out to connect your PC to TV or VCR

    ATI has been known for making their cards feature-packed, even on their lower end flavors...The Radeon 8500 is no exception as it includes DVI support, multi-monitor support, as well as the various technologies (such as TRUFORM, Hyper Z II, Smoothvision, Smartshaders, etc) that the Radeon provides. ATI also includes some software bundles in their package, but more about that later on in the review. I have decided not to cover the various technologies that I just mentioned, but if you would be interested in us writing an in-depth article on them post a message in the discussion for this review and let us know. Depending on how many of you would be interested in that, we will consider doing so.

    As I have said with previous video card reviews, I really like the fact that DVI and multi-monitor support is included, and while ATI had adopted it earlier on then NVIDIA, the GeForce4 series now brings multi-monitor support as well.

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    9. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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