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Asus V8200Ti500 Pure Videocard Review

Asus V8200Ti500 Pure Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While almost every other has been content to use the reference designed GeForce3 Ti500, Asus has always been an innovative company willing to do things their way.
 86% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Asus Jan 28 2002   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking The V8200Ti500

The heatinks on the V8200Ti500 look quite impressive with the gold colour going very well with a shiny black PCB! =)

Taking off the active heatsink from the GF3Ti500 core revealed to us that Asus used thermal compound instead of the more popular thermal pad. This is nice to see. However the ramsinks however were a completely different story.

Removing memory heatsinks was quite easy since they're not connected via thermal tape but rather, they're secured by the same clips that hold the GPU heatsink on.

The V8200Ti500 is already an extremely fast card, but since I'm never one to leave well enough alone, I wanted to push this puppy to it's limit! luckly for the V8200Ti500 Pure, it was up to the task.

The Asus card overclocked even higher then our reference MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500), hitting speeds of 280/600 with no artifacts. In fact it was this card that enabled me to get over 10k in 3DMark2001 for the first time and to thwart off my competitors who are using processors from the "dark side" and defend my Fastest Webmastertitle.

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 1900+ Unlocked at 1.82 GHz
Motherboard: EPoX 8KHA+ (173 MHz FSB)
Chipset: VIA KT266A
Videocard:

Asus V7700Pro (GeForce2 Pro 200/400)
MSI StarForce822 (GeForce3 200/460)
MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)
Asus V8200Ti500 Pure (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)

Asus V8200Ti500 Pure (GeForce3 Ti500 280/600)

Network Card:

Not Used

Memory:

256 MB OCZ PC2400

Hard Drive: 30.7 GB IBM DeskStar 75 GXP
CDROM: Panasonic CR-594-B 48x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44 MB Floppy

Heatsink: Dragon Orb 3
PowerSupply: Enermax 550 Watt

Software Setup:

Windows 98SE
VIA 4in1 4.37
DetonatorXP 22.80
ATI Radeon

Benchmarks

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
Vulpine's GLMark 1.1
DroneZ
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

It's an all nVidia based benchmark frenzy! Unfortunately, a Retail ATI Radeon8500 was not available during this et of testing. Yes, the test system is overclocked to alleviate all possible bottlenecks.

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. Asus V7700Pro

10248

2. MSI StarForce822

11978

3. MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG

12210

4. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure

12184

Overclocking Benchmark Results
5. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure (280/600)

14320

3DMark2000 is a DirectX7 benchmark, it's a good measuring stick on how these cards stack up running current games. Since 3DMark2000 isn't as memory bandwidth limited, the GeForce2 class cards can usually compete with their newer cards very well. You can see the Asus V7700 Pro gets some fairly respectable numbers here.

3DMark2001 Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 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. 3DMark2001 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.

3DMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. Asus V7700Pro

5379

2. MSI StarForce822

8397

3. MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG

8878

4. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure

8894

Overclocking Benchmark Results
5. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure (280/600)

10120

As we see, the GeForce2 Pro is left completely in the dust by the newer generation GF3 videocards. The two GF3Ti500's do better then the original GeForce3 by about 500 points at stock, and when the Asus is overclocked, it is head and shoulders above all other cards with a score of 10120 3DMarks. For tips and tweaks on 3DMark 2001 you can read my article here, or visit me the performance Area of the PCstats Forums.

Vulpine GLMark Source: Vulpine GmbH

Vulpine Glmark V1.1 is a benchmarking tool combined with a huge & complex graphics world. It takes full advantage of an extremely wide variety of features provided by the graphics card, including support for the latest extensions to the OpenGL standard, like Texture Shaders and Vertex Programs based on the Geforce3 Chips. Multiple compatibility modes make it possible to compare multiple generations of 3D accelerators under identical conditions.

Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

Vulpine GLMark Benchmark Results
Video Card FPS Ranking
1. Asus V7700Pro

47.1

2. MSI StarForce822

78.9

3. MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG

82.3

4. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure

81.7

Overclocking Benchmark Results
5. Asus V8200Ti500 Pure (280/600)

86.5

While being more of a system benchmark then videocard specific, GLMark was run in Standard OpenGL mode so the GeForce2 Ti could compete too. Here, the GeForce3 based cards pull way out in front of the GeForce2 Pro because of the more efficient memory management. At the higher end, GLMark can't seem to tell the difference between the GF3's. Still, the overclocked Ti500 pulls out ahead by roughly 5 fps.

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Contents of Article: Asus V8200Ti500 Pure
 Pg 1.  Asus V8200Ti500 Pure Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking The V8200Ti500
 Pg 3.  Gaming Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Conclusions

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