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NVIDIA's GF4 Ti4200 Vs. Radeon 8500LEs
From Apollo Graphics and ATi

Mainstream Graphics Cards Do Battle...

By - Marco Chiappetta
April 11, 2002 

We also ran some Serious Sam: TSE time demos with anti-aliasing enabled on all of the cards. 

OpenGL Benchmarks with Serious Sam SE and AA
Almost Done!

Once we turned on 2X AA, NVIDIA's GeForce 4 Ti 4200 surged past the Radeon 8500 LEs, besting them by over 40% at every resolution.  Let's up the ante a bit and enable 4X AA next.


We left out the 1600x1200 numbers because none of the cards tested were able to run 4X AA at that resolution.  The GeForce 4 Ti 4200 increased it's performance lead again, almost doubling the performance of the Radeon 8500 LEs.



NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200:

This article initially started out as a review of two Radeon 8500 LE cards from Apollo Graphics and ATi and then evolved into a full blown shootout between ATI's and NVIDIA's newest "mainstream value" products.  Because the GeForce 4 Ti 4200 we tested was a reference card that will not be available at retail, we'll hold off on giving it an official rating, but we have to say we were very impressed with this product overall.  The arrival of a true GeForce 4 class part, at a price under $200, should pique the interest of anyone looking to build a new system or upgrade their existing video card.  A product with all of the capabilities of the Ti 4600, like dual vertex shaders, nView multi monitor support and the Accuview AA engine, at this price point is very exciting to say the least.  NVIDIA has done a great job with the GeForce 4 Ti 4200.  With it's price / performance ratio, it's going to be very tough to recommend any other product in the Ti 4200's class.  Definitely stay tuned for full retail reviews, as products based on the Ti 4200 become available.  Both of the Radeons we tested are readily available at retail though, so we will give them a rating next.


The Apollo Graphics Devil Monster II Radeon 8500 LE, is a very well rounded card that definitely deserves consideration, if you're in the market for new video card.  While it's performance was the lowest of the three cards we looked at today, it was still a capable performer and would make anyone upgrading from a GeForce 2 (or lower) class card, very happy.  It's fully DirectX 8.1 compliant, has a healthy 128MB of on-board RAM, it's dual-monitor ready has TV-Out, ships with DVD playback software and has the best cooling solution we've seen to date on any Radeon.  The Devil Monster II is also priced very well and can be found on line for under $170!  Based on it's great feature set (especially considering the price), adequate bundle, decent performance and great price, we give the Apollo Graphics Devil Monster II Radeon 8500 LE a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of 7.5...


The ATi built Radeon 8500 LE is also a great "pure" gamer's card, and should find a home in many of your systems.  The ATi Radeon 8500 LE was not equipped with a second monitor connector but it did have TV-Out and 128MB of BGA packaged DDR RAM, and was the lowest priced card coming in at under $160, with many on line retailers.   At that price point, you will be hard pressed to find a similar performing product with "future-proofing" features like full DirectX 8.1 compliance and 128MB of RAM.  We liked the ATi Radeon 8500 LE very much.  Based on it's great price and performance, we give the ATi Radeon 8500 LE a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of 8...

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