Please take a
quick look at our test system specs, so you can draw
conclusions with a full understanding of our methodology.
HotHardware's Test System
A mid range P4
system for the masses
Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz. Processor
Abit TH7-RAID Pentium 4
256MB of Samsung PC800 RAMBUS
IBM DTLA307030 30Gig ATA100
7200 RPM Hard Drive
Windows XP Professional
Direct X 8.1
ATi Radeon 8500DV driver
version AIW 8500_6_13_10_3286
nVidia Detonator 4 reference
drivers version 21.85
Intel chipset drivers version
Benchmarks and Comparisons
As you will note
in this test, we have two scores for the AIW R8500DV, one at
stock clock speed and another at an over-clock of 275MHz.
Core and 460MHz DDR Memory clocks. At stock speed, we
see the AIW R8500DV fall in between a GF3 Ti200 and Ti500
card, in terms of raw scores. Our over-clock test
(with standard cooling and a closed case by the way) shows
the card approaching near Ti500 level performance.
This is very impressive for a card that can do so much more
than just 3D Rendering and Gaming.
DroneZ has been
often criticized as being written to take better advantage
of nVidia hardware. You would never know it to look at
the scores above however. The AIW R8500DV is neck and
neck with the Ti500 here at high resolution 1024X768
testing. Iit actually bests the Ti500 at 800X600.
Once again, you have to respect this kind of performance
from a card that is also a "jack of many other trades".
3 Arena Timedemos and the rating