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Gigabyte AP64D-H Radeon 8500 Video Card Review

By: Cameron Johnson | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 3, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



Test System


Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz


Memory: 256MB DDR-333 Kingmax


Motherboard: EPoX 4SDA+


Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda ATA-3 UDMA 100 7200RPM


Drivers: SiS AGP 1.09, ATi Reference Drivers 1.31


Software Used: 3DMark2000, 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena, Star Trek Armada, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force Star Trek Armada 2.


Synthetic 3D Benchmarks - 3DMark2000


3DMark2000 is a synthetic Direct3D benchmark that is compatible with DirectX 7. It takes full advantage of the Geforce2, ATi Radeon and DirectX 7 enhancements. 3DMark2000 has become one of the world's most used benchmark utilities.



Here the Radeon wins out hands down. This is because 3DMark2000 is geared towards D3D and DirectX implementations, and ATi has a far better D3D performance than nVidia.


Synthetic 3D Benchmark - 3DMark2001 SE


3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.



Again a win to ATi. Again this is due to 3DMark2001 being D3D powered and ATi's enhanced D3D engine.


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