ATI Radeon 8500 the fastest consumer graphics card

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Allready without any hardware improvements the ATI Radeon is faster than it’s rival Geforce 3, eventhough Nvidia released it’s Detonator 4 driver.

Rumor is growing that we’ll see the Radeon…

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Plus better 2D image quality. only prob with ATI is they are very slow to release updated drivers.

I agree! The drivers are the most important part when it comes to graphics-cards… Maybe nVidia releases too many drivers but I’d rather have it that way than with how ATI has been in the past with its drivers… It’s like with game-consoles, they wouldn’t be anything if they didn’t have good games!

ATI AIW cards have always been great for VIO. the only prob was that 3D performance wasn’t at g-force level. maybe this will change it all.

I also hope that ATI can do better on releasing drivers… in a month or two I’m lookin for a new computer and hopefully by then it’ll be clear how ATI treats it’s customer’s demands and see how this card will perform… but I know for a fact that this card will not come cheap at all… is ATI the maker of the GameCube GPU…

GO ATI … KICK NVIDIAS ASS … i wont buy another nvidia until they lower the prices … (though i got a gf2 gts) ViRuZ

Yup much better 2D quality then nVidias. Almost Matrox level. DVD decoding is also better. Also they didn’t price he card so damn high as nVidia did. I like it a lot. Driver release frequency is just fine for me. I hate all the mess with nVidia drivers. I’m gonna buy 8500 as soon as I see it in the stores.

Why is everyone talking about Matrox having highest 2D quality. I have owned both matrox G200 and NVidia Riva 128 and to be honest I don’t see a difference - only the colour/contrast. Maybe you guys are talking about the colour matching ? Anyway, I agree, the NVidia are just way too expensive and also confusing - making too many various models.

If ATI has driver deparments like nVidia, then i would totally buy them. But if i can’t find new drivers every few weeks, i feel like they don’t care. They also need to improve their software GUI, looks like crap. I hope nVidias stocks drop now so i can get some :slight_smile:

due to a lack of cash… I’ll just stick with my reg. Radeon 64 meg DDR for a while

I think competition between the two is great for us consumers: bring prices down and forces both sides to create the best they can - ATI will have to do better driver support to compete and I think they know that. They better get a good Linux driver out cause nVidia has Linux drivers and I use Linux almost as much as Windows. I have a GeForce256 DDR that I bought when it was new and now it sucks. I am probably going to buy a 8500 cause Radeon graphics kill GeForce graphics in my opinion as I have seen the GeForce1/2 in action and also the Radeon. Go ATI!