Geforce 4mx = Radeon 8500 ?

By cooler · 4 replies
May 11, 2002
  1. My specs:
    Celeron 1200 Mhz
    Gigabyte 6VA mobo (via apollo pro chipset)
    512 MB ram
    ESS soundcard
    Windows Me

    A couple of weeks ago I replaced my Geforce 256 by a Geforce 4mx. But as several people advised me I brought it back and bought a Radeon 8500 instead. But after I had built it in I didn`t get a significant performance boost. I got about 30 FPS in JK2 timedemo with both Geforce4mx and Radeon 8500 and about 6000 marks in 3Dmark 99 max also with both cards (vsynch off). In 3Dmark 2001 SE I get about 5100 marks with the Radeon (I don´t know about the Geforce 4mx). What could be the problem or is this all the performance I can expect from a Radeon 8500 and a Celeron 1,2 ?
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Indeed it might be the Celeron the culprit in this equation. Do you know the exact type of Radeon 8500 you have bought ? What drivers are you running ? There are OEM versions circulating with lower specs then the Original Radeon 8500.

    • Radeon 8500 -> 275 mhz Core / 550 mhz DDRam
    • Radeon 8500 LE -> 250 mhz Core / 500 mhz DDRam
    • Radeon 8500 LELE ->225 mhz Core / 450 mhz DDRam

    I haven't tested a GF4MX but I've installed 2 Radeon 8500 cards & I must say they worked very well ( granted they were running on AthlonXPs ).

    Have you tryed any other games ?
  3. cooler

    cooler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm running version 4.13.7191 . These are the drivers that came with the card . I also tried the latest drivers, several older drivers, the omega drivers etc. The card is a retail Radeon 8500 DDR .
    Rage3d shows that core and memory are running at 274.5 Mhz .
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    For example, 3dmark2001 is a known benchmark where the Radeon dominates even the GF3TI500. I must say your score seems really low to what review sites post ->


    What resolution are you using in 3dmark2001 ?

    I wouldn't trust 3dmark 99 at all. It's dated & might give some crazy number with today's hardware.

    Have you checked that Anti Aliasing isn't on ? Have you installed your motherboard's drivers ? Tyring looking in your BIOS & see if all AGP functions are activated.
  5. cooler

    cooler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm using default settings: 1024x768, 32 bit , compressed textures, no AA
    I have the VIA 4in1 drivers installed.
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