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Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review

Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Crucial is not a name you would normally associate with videocards, but they are now.
 88% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial.com Aug 01 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Crucial.com Radeon 8500LE

Benchmarks and other Aspects

We ran into a big hitch when we tried to overclock the videocard. Using PowerStrip version 3.20 we were unable to manipulate the GPU or memory frequency. The program identified the videocard properly at the appropriate speeds (250 MHz GPU, 166 MHz memory) but maxing out the sliders didn't bring any performance gain. This isn't a big concern since the Crucial Radeon 8500LE is not intended for the relatively small overclocker market.

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:


AthlonXP 2000+

Clock Speed:

12.5 x 133 MHz = 1.66 GHz

Motherboards: Epox 8K3A+
Chipset: VIA KT333CE

Crucial Radeon 8500LE 128MB (250/333)
Albatron GeForce4 MX440 (270/400)


256MB Kingston DDR333

Hard Drive: 10 GB Maxtor DiamondMAX

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK-6 w/40 CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.40V
ATI Catalyst 7.72
DetonatorXP 29.42

Commanche 4
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
Return to Castle Wolfenstien

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1 Source: MadOnion

3DMark2000 is still a popular benchmarks for evaluating 3D performance even though it is getting a bit dated. 3DMark2000 continues to provide benchmark results that gauge DirectX7 performance and hardware transformation and lighting that older games still use. Version 1.1 ensures more reliable functionality with hardware and operating systems that were released after the launch of 3DMark2000 in December 1999.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark 2000 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440


2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE


In general, ATI card's have never faired well in 16 bit colour even dating as far back as the Rage 128! Here the Albatron MX440 cleanly beats the Crucial Radeon 8500LE.

3DMark2001SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. Albatron GeForce4 MX440 6037
2. Crucial Radeon 8500LE 6388

Here the Crucial Radeon 8500LE is able to score higher then the MX440 mainly due to the fact that the 8500LE is a DirectX 8 videocard while the MX440 is only DX 7 compatible.

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Contents of Article: Crucial.com Radeon 8500LE
 Pg 1.  Crucial Radeon 8500LE Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks and other Aspects
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: AquaMark and Codecreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena and Conclusion

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