ATI Radeon 7500 review: ATI Radeon 7500

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The Good Affordable price; dual-display capability.

The Bad Sluggish speed; no bundled games.

The Bottom Line Dual-display ability helps make the ATI's merely satisfactory performance much more palatable.

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The ATI Radeon 7500 is the latest in a long line of strong chipsets. Compared to the competition, however, its performance falls short. But the card offers other advantages, most notably an affordable price (ATI just dropped it from $199 to $149) and dual-display support. If you're willing to trade its unique features for some compromise in speed, the Radeon 7500 is a good deal. The ATI Radeon 7500 is the latest in a long line of strong chipsets. Compared to the competition, however, its performance falls short. But the card offers other advantages, most notably an affordable price (ATI just dropped it from $199 to $149) and dual-display support. If you're willing to trade its unique features for some compromise in speed, the Radeon 7500 is a good deal.

Seeing double
If you've ever felt short of desktop work (or play) space, the ATI's dual-monitor capability might be the answer to your problems. The card is equipped with both a standard 15-pin VGA connector and a DVI-I connector for digital flat-panel displays, and there is a DVI-to-VGA adapter for hooking up two VGA monitors simultaneously. Also, an S-Video-out port and cable let you connect the Radeon to a television so that you can use it as a monitor.

Installing the ATI is fast and easy thanks to the clear, thorough instructions; just slide the card into an AGP slot and install the software (sorry, no PCI option is available). Aside from the drivers for Windows 98, Me, 2000, NT 4.0, and XP, the software CD includes DVD-viewing software (useful if you have a DVD-ROM drive) and a multimedia-player application. A multimonitor utility called Hydravision lets you specify which monitor you want a new window to appear in or which you want an application to run in. But as with the Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200, you won't find any bundled games.

The card's Radeon 7500 GPU gives the ATI impressive processing power--almost more than you need. For example, it supports a maximum resolution of 2,048x1,536 with a 75Hz refresh rate, but few people currently use such an astronomical setting. Besides, lowering the resolution to 1,280x1,024 boosts the refresh rate to 100Hz, and at 1,024x768, the refresh rate is an amazing 200Hz--almost entirely flicker-free and much easier on the eyes. The Radeon 7500 has 64MB of DDR memory, which is plenty for most uses--and the least you'd want for current games.

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Where to Buy

ATI Radeon 7500

Part Number: 100-432001

MSRP: $79.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Interface Type AGP 4x
  • Compatibility PC
  • Max Monitors Supported 2
  • Graphics Engine ATI Radeon 7500
  • Size 64 MB / 64 MB (max)