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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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    Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • Great performance for price
    • Dual-monitor support
    • DVI support
    • Great DVD quality
    • Overall good buy

    Cons

    • Could use work on WindowsXP drivers
    • Has 64MB, while closely priced GeForce4 Ti4200 has 128MB

    Conclusion

    Overall I was very impressed with the ATI Radeon 8500. ATI continues to support all kinds of features on their cards, high or low-budget. I was surprised that the card had outperformed the GeForce3 Ti500 as I did not expect that to be the case. Although the Radeon 8500 was released much earlier, another consideration to look at is the GeForce4 Ti4200 which has 128MB of memory and is priced similarly. Unfortunately we did not have the Ti4200 in our labs at the time of writing so we could not post the numbers for the card. If the price came down on the Radeon 8500 to about $150 or less I would definitely pick this card if you are looking for an overall great performer with great features and great quality without spending an arm and a leg.

    As always your feedback is welcome.

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    1. Introduction/Specs
    2. Features
    3. The Card
    4. Test Setup
    5. 3DMark 2001 SE
    6. Quake3 Arena
    7. WinXP Bench
    8. Evolva
    9. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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