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Sunday, October 19th, 2003  

ATi Radeon 8500 64MB  |  Published: 03-25-2002

Introduction

ATi has for the past few years been falling way behind NVIDIA in graphics chipset speed and 3D quality. ATi was quickly losing the small market share it had in the computer gaming sector. At the beginning of 2001 a lot of computer hardware publications were predicting a total defeat of ATi by Nvidia before the start of 2002. On October 17, 2001 that quickly changed. ATi released the Radeon8500 and the computer gaming world fell in love. It was not an easy love though, there were scandals about driver quality and a few other speed bumps but it has taken Nvidia almost eight months to produce something that could challenge the Radeon8500. It was not an easy love though, there were scandals about driver quality and a few other speed bumps but it has taken Nvidia almost eight months to produce something that could challenge the Radeon8500. This review is in some ways a look back at the card that made Nvidia fear for its crown. ATi grew some fangs towards the end of 2001 and let Nvidia know what it was made of.

ATi is a company that has been around for quite some time now. Overall it is considered a market leader in the computer industry and works closely with Intel, AMD, Microsoft, and various other Tier 1 computer companies. Here is a short history of ATi C/P'ed straight from their website.

Founded in 1985, ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia solutions for personal computer and Mac platforms. The pioneer, innovator and market leader in the graphics industry, ATI provides cutting-edge technologies for the PC, set-top box, game console and other consumer appliances markets. The Company has more than 1,900 employees supporting customers from its headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Canada, as well as from offices in Barbados, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

 



 
 

Article Info     

Author:
Johann 'wizard' Ramirez

Article Type:
Review

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Videocard

Developer / Publisher:
ATi

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