That's all probably just as well, however, because the new drivers make this comparison much more interesting. Before ATI released the latest drivers for the Radeon 8500, this GeForce3 Ti 500-versus-Radeon 8500 comparison would have read like this:
Don't buy a Radeon 8500. Buy a GeForce3.End of story (only with more graphs). However, ATI's latest drivers take care of a great many problemsthe Quake III "optimizations," Athlon XP incompatibilities, surprisingly low performancethat the Radeon 8500 brought with it when it first arrived on retail shelves. And once you get under that crusty old ATI veneer of lousy drivers and purposely vague public statements, the Radeon 8500 looks like a darned good graphics processor.
Good enough to take on NVIDIA's vaunted GeForce3 Titanium series? Just maybe. Keep reading to find out.
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