ATI Radeon 7500 review: ATI Radeon 7500

Trumped in testing
But ample memory wasn't enough. Though the Radeon 7500 offered adequate gaming performance, it was trumped at every turn in CNET Labs' performance tests when compared to the slightly more expensive Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200. In the Quake III Arena test at a resolution of 1,600x1,200 with 32-bit color, the Radeon 7500 scored a poky 53 frames per second (fps) compared to the Prophet III Titanium 200's 70.5fps. Lowering the resolution to 1,024x768 boosted the ATI's output to a much better 115fps, but the Hercules still held the lead with 149fps. In MadOnion's 3DMark 2001 Pro and eTesting Labs' 3D WinBench tests, the ATI lagged behind the Hercules at all resolutions.

Like the Radeon 7500's performance, ATI's support policies for the card are good rather than dazzling. The company backs the card with a long, three-year limited warranty. The company's neatly organized Web site offers OS and product-specific support via a generous search engine and FAQ library. Telephone support is not toll-free. Its availability--9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on weekdays--is adequate for businesses but hard news for late-night tinkerers and weekend warriors. E-mail support is a big hassle; only after you submit to an interactive Q&A troubleshooter, which tries to solve your problem by bouncing you around to related (and not always helpful) support pages on the site, can you actually send off a support question for humans to answer.

Good enough
The Radeon 7500's dual-output capabilities are a unique asset, and its 64MB of DDR RAM is generous, but it is crippled with subpar speed. If you need dual displays, however, this is your only choice. And budget-minded users may be willing to trade some speed for savings. But if performance matters to you more, you'll have to shell out the extra cash for the Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200.

Quake III Arena test
Frames per second; longer bars indicate better performance
32-bit color; 1,024x768   
32-bit color; 1,280x1,024   
32-bit color; 1,600x1,200   
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200 (Nvidia GeForce3; 64MB DDR)
149.3 
100.3 
70.5 
ATI Radeon 7500 (64MB DDR)
115.1 
74.4 
52.8 
 
3D test: MadOnion.com's 3DMark 2001 Pro
Longer bars indicate better performance
16-bit color; 1,024x768   
32-bit color; 1,024x768   
32-bit color; 1,280x1,024   
32-bit color; 1,600x1,200
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200 (Nvidia GeForce3; 64MB DDR)
6,327 
6,221 
4,924 
3,779 
ATI Radeon 7500 (64MB DDR)
4,542 
4,457 
3,640 
2,891 
 
3D test: eTesting Labs' 3D WinBench 2000 1.1
Longer bars indicate better performance
16-bit color; 1,024x768   
32-bit color; 1,024x768   
32-bit color; 1,280x1,024   
32-bit color; 1,600x1,200
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200 (Nvidia GeForce3; 64MB DDR)
203 
199 
136 
99 
ATI Radeon 7500 (64MB DDR)
172 
162 
108 
79.8 
 
Despite its 64MB of DDR RAM, the ATI Radeon 7500 was outclassed in every test by the similarly equipped Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 200.

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ATI Radeon 7500

Part Number: 100-432001

MSRP: $79.00

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Quick Specifications See All

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