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Gigabyte ATi Radeon8500 AP64D-H Review
Overclocker 18 Mar 2002

Gigabyte has been a well known name in the mainboard industry. Lately they are venturing into other areas like graphics and networking. While you probably know that we review lots of mainboards, we are also into other peripherals too. This review focuses on the Gigabyte's ATi Radeon8500 offering AP64D-H and we will see how it performs. Gigabyte provided lots of interesting software applications to bundle with the card. 6 games are bundled with it and there is also the vtuner which you could use just like powerstrip to "overclock" your card in terms of memory and core clock.

AP64D-H
ATi Radeon 8500 Graphics Accelerator

Graphics controller
RADEON 8500 graphics processing unit (GPU)

Memory configuration
64MB of double data rate memory(DDR)

Unique Features of MAYA
Hardware monitor enable , support Fan speed , core clock , Memory clock , and voltage.
DATA output by V-Tuner Tweaker.
Huge FanSink with Double Side , no more overheat.
V-Tuner Tweaker supported, can overclock your GPU and Memory speed.

3D Features
Features ATI's innovative TRUFORM technology
ATI's new SMARTSHADER technology
Supports DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL 1.3 features
SMOOTHVISION anti-aliasing
ATI's HYPER Z II technology conserves memory bandwidth for improved performance
CHARISMA ENGINE II supports full Transformation, Clipping and Lighting (T&L)
PIXEL TAPESTRY II
Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
Twin Cache Architecture
SuperScalar Rendering
Single-Pass Multi-texturing
True Color Rendering
Specular Highlights
Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
Z-buffering and Double-buffering

Industry leading DVD playback
ATI's VIDEO IMMERSION II technology enables integration of industry-leading digital video features, including advanced de-interlacing algorithms for unprecedented video quality and integrated digital TV decode capability
Includes programmable gamma for the overlay and Frame Rate Conversion (Temporal Filtering)
Hardware DVD saves the expense of buying a separate MPEG-2/DVD decoder card and motion compensation allows for DVD decoding with minimum CPU usage

Output
D-Sub , S-Video , DVI-I

Bundle Software
CyberLink PowerDVD XP
Serious Sam (Game CD)
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2 (Game CD)
Rune (Game CD)
Motocross Mania (Game CD)
4X4 EVO and Oni (in 1 CD, Lite version)

Let's take a look at the gallery of the AP64D-H on the next 2 pages followed by the benchmarks.

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