iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail

Platform

Video

Multimedia

Mobile

Other

October 2002 3Digest -
ATI RADEON 7500 (230/333 MHz)







This chip is presented by ATI RADEON 7500 64MB (230/333 MHz), AGP videocard.




Features:

  • ATI RADEON 7500 chip, 230MHz clock rate;
  • 64MB DDR SDRAM memory in eight Hynix 5.5ns microchips, 166 (333) MHz clock rate, 128-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 520 megapixels/sec and 1560 megatexels/sec with three texture blocks on each pipeline and 1040 megatexels/sec with two texture blocks on each pipeline.

Wasn't overclocked.

As I wrote in the review of this card, ATI has at last released not only the fastest card to compete with the NVIDIA GeForce3 leader, but has also released a middle level card for competing with its NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro and GeForce2 Ti analogues - RADEON 7500. Per se it's the same RADEON but produced according to thinner 0.15 micron technical process and thus capable of working at phenomenal clock rate of 290 MHz (and even higher). ATI provided this chip with fast 4ns memory and really succeeded in making a competitor for middle level accelerators.

But there are some disappointments. First, only ATI's cards, have chips clocked at 290 MHz, but they cost high and almost can't compete with prices for GeForce2 Ti. Second, ATI has lowered clock rate "on the sly" again without notifying users. So we've made a separate section for RADEON 7500 cards, manufactured by ATI partners. In particular, one of these cards has 230 MHz GPU and even worse 166 (333) MHz memory. But prices dropped, resulting in some demand. And the release of RADEON 9000 may press RADEON 7500 prices deeper, including more powerful models, or even push them out of the market.

On the 10th of October 2002 the latest drivers from ATI are 6.178, 6.193 for Windows XP. Performance results are in the summary diagrams.

I shall note there's Radeon2.ru web-site that tracks all software novelties from ATI and offers improved drivers versions with preset registry settings for increasing RADEON cards perfomance.

And now I want to attract your attention to another important 3D feature - filtering. As many of you know, all chipsets support bilinear filtering that is an important instrument in MIP-mapping, some chipsets support trilinear filtering (true, not the approximation) and only few support anisotropic filtering.

Due to the fact that Radeon does support anisotropic filtering, I recommend you to pay attention to the article concerning this feature.

Below are some screenshots taken on RADEON and reference ones taken on NVIDIA GeForce3.

Games / Cards 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
ATI RADEON 7500




-

















































NVIDIA GeForce3


































































Games / Cards 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
ATI RADEON 7500
























-








-









NVIDIA GeForce3





















































Games / Cards 25 26 27 28 29 30
ATI RADEON 7500





























NVIDIA GeForce3































Game list:

  • 1. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • 2. Unreal2 (alpha version)
  • 3. Comanche4
  • 4. Jedi Knight II Outcast
  • 5. Morrowind
  • 6. Colin McRAE Rally2 (Windows XP)
  • 7. Red Faction
  • 8. Rally Trophy
  • 9. Sacrifice
  • 10. Venom
  • 11. Unreal Tournament 2003 DEMO
  • 12. DOOM 3 v0.02
  • 13. Blade of Darkness (Windows XP)
  • 14. Neverwinter Nights
  • 15. 3DMark2001: Game1
  • 16. 3DMark2001: Game2
  • 17. 3DMark2001: Game3
  • 18. 3DMark2001: Game4
  • 19. 3DMark2001: Dot3
  • 20. 3DMark2001: EMBM
  • 21. 3DMark2001: Vertex Shaders
  • 22. 3DMark2001: Pixel Shaders
  • 23. Warcraft III
  • 24. Soldier of Fortune II
  • 25. Command and Conquer: Renegade
  • 26. No One Lives Forever Demo
  • 27. AquaNox
  • 28. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  • 29. IL2: Shturmovik
  • 30. MoHAA



Andrey Vorobiev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Kondakov (kondalex@ixbt.com)

Article navigation:



blog comments powered by Disqus

  Most Popular Reviews More    RSS  

AMD Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 960T, Phenom II X6 1075T, and Intel Pentium G2120, Core i3-3220, Core i5-3330 Processors

Comparing old, cheap solutions from AMD with new, budget offerings from Intel.
February 1, 2013 · Processor Roundups

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.
January 30, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

An external X-Fi solution in tests.
September 9, 2008 · Sound Cards

AMD FX-8350 Processor

The first worthwhile Piledriver CPU.
September 11, 2012 · Processors: AMD

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge

Trying out the new method.
September 18, 2012 · Processors: Intel
  Latest Reviews More    RSS  

i3DSpeed, September 2013

Retested all graphics cards with the new drivers.
Oct 18, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, August 2013

Added new benchmarks: BioShock Infinite and Metro: Last Light.
Sep 06, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.
Aug 05, 2013 · 3Digests

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Graphics Card

An excellent hybrid of GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660.
Jun 24, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

i3DSpeed, May 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Jun 03, 2013 · 3Digests
  Latest News More    RSS  

Platform  ·  Video  ·  Multimedia  ·  Mobile  ·  Other  ||  About us & Privacy policy  ·  Twitter  ·  Facebook


Copyright © Byrds Research & Publishing, Ltd., 1997–2011. All rights reserved.