Drivers and FSAA Performance

We already established that Windows 2000 and XP drivers had matured considerably in our Radeon 8500 preview so we will refrain from going through that set of tests again here.  In our forthcoming Radeon 8500 review we'll take a closer look at driver performance in various OSes.

Since there are no new FSAA modes offered in any of the Titanium cards we'll again focus on FSAA in our 8500 review.

The Test

Our testing methodology for this review is similar to what we used in our Radeon 8500 preview.  The only differences being that we added another resolution to test at (1600 x 1200 x 32) and we are now testing using the latest drivers from all manufacturers on an Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz platform. 

We used a slightly newer version of the Detonator XP drivers (v21.85) for this test. Performance didn't improve any over the original Detonator XPs however these drivers properly recognize all of the Titanium cards.

Windows 98/2000/XP Test System



Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz
Motherboard(s) ABIT TH7-II RAID

256MB PC800 Mushkin RDRAM

Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar 30GB 75GXP 7200 RPM Ultra ATA/100


Phillips 48X

Video Card(s)

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB DDR
ATI Radeon 64MB DDR

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 64MB DDR
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB DDR
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ti 200 64MB DDR
NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro 64MB DDR

Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 64MB SDR


Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter


Operating System

Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 2

Video Drivers

ATI Beta R200/RV200 Unified Drivers (5.13.3249 provided by ATI)
NVIDIA Detonator 4 v21.85
Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 8.162a Drivers

The Competition Black & White

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