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Which ATI Radeon Card?

By ftm4eva
Jul 31, 2002
  1. I have just bought a new pc without a graphics card. Its got onboard graphics and sound (sounds real good!! :suspiciou)

    Anyway i have decided to get a radeon card cos i cant afford a GF4 Ti. So my question is:

    Radeon 9000, 8500 or 8500LE??

    AND...

    128MB or 64MB??

    My system has 256MB DDR.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,599   +110

    Welcome to TechSpot forums

    Check this out at Tomshardware.com
    Article : http://www17.tomshardware.com/graphic/02q3/0207181/index.html
    I would be tempted to check out the 8500 prices and get one of those after reading about the 9000. It depends what resolutions that your monitor supports and which resolutions you like playing in as this is where the extra onboard memory comes into play. 128mb equipped cards perform better in higher resolutions (1280 upwards) than 64mb cards.
     
  3. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 375

    Definatley go with the R8500. They can be found under $90 (Newegg.com)
    The R8500 outperforms the R9000, and does so at a cheaper price:)
    As far as the memory, I don't think it makes too much difference at the moment, but in the future with texture heavy games, a 128 MB might do much better than the 64. Enjoy:)
     
  4. ftm4eva

    ftm4eva TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks

    Thanks for your help. I'll order one today.
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I found a site on pricewatch.com that had an R9000 for $71, and another that had an 8500 for $87 :(

    I'm also interested in buying one. Which one?
     
  6. hondas2k

    hondas2k TS Rookie

    I have to agree with the 8500 over the 9000 at least for now because the drivers have been worked on for so long and you can see that it performs better. The 9000 may get better down the road but who knows. The price between the two is not that much so I would think it would be best to go with the one that had been out a bit longer.

    Just my 2 cents.

    KW
     
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Are you use that you have an AGP slot? (Brown slot, topmost above all PCI slots (white) ) ? Often mobos with built in graphics already have AGP port occupied and so have no AGP slot....
     
  8. SilentNoise

    SilentNoise TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Maybe you should get the Radeon 9000. Your system might not have a powerfull enough CPU to really use the 8500. Systems with onboard VGA generally have Celeron CPUs or the such.
     
  9. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    Hard OCP has a good comparison of the 8500 and 9000 and the 8500 won.
     
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