View Full Version : Radeon 8500 too good for Athlon 700 MHz?

04-15-2002, 01:43 AM
Hi there,
I have an pc with following specifications:
athlon 700 MHz
256 Ram
and ata 100 drives.

I want to buy the radeon 8500 and take advantage of the open gl drivers under win2k. But now the question: isn't the 8500 TOO good for such a "old" system.
I mean, would I get all the power out of the 8500 with a 700Mhz processor? I was always whinking that for such a card you need more of a 1,3 GH processor to take fully advantage of such a graphic card.

Wouldn't a radeon 7500 be enough for my system?
thanx in advance

04-15-2002, 09:18 AM
I have a Radeon8500 in my system, with an Athlon 700 running at 900 mhz. Before the 8500, I had the Radeon64DDR VIVO, I noticed a definite performance increase by upgrading to the 8500, as well as increased visual performance.

You will definitely see more of an improvement with a faster CPU, but the 700 Tbird is adequate enough.

Hope this helps...

04-18-2002, 11:13 PM
are you using the dual monitor support? and win2000?

04-19-2002, 07:19 AM
Yes on both accounts, I'm using dual monitors in win2k.

The only problem I've had, is that with some driver versions, the display gets messed up when I run my own OpenGL apps inside Visual Studio when I have dual displays turned on. If I have only one display enabled, or run my app outside Visual Studio it works fine, so it's a rather minor (but inconvenient) bug.

Edit: I've seen the 64meg versions of the 8500 for $115 at http://www.newegg.com in the "Refurbished" section, but they don't come with the DVI to VGA adapter.

[This message has been edited by yakuza (edited 04-19-2002).]