Bij HardOCP is een review verschenen over ATi's antwoord op de GeForce3, de Radeon 8500. Jammer genoeg kan Kyle niet blij worden van de videokaart. Hoewel de theorie leuk klinkt met SmoothVision, TruForm en Hyper-Z II valt de praktijk vies tegen. De Radeon 8500 heeft zeker potentieel, maar Kyle merkt terecht op dat je daar niks mee kan als de drivers niet solide in elkaar zitten en de kaart simpelweg niet werkt zoals het hoort. De conclusie is dan ook erg negatief:
If you are looking to buy a DX8 VidCard and getting the most bang for your buck, it is going to be very hard to turn you guys away from purchasing a GeForce3 Ti200 based card as they are looking very attractive.
Let's just hope that ATi gets their act together with the Radeon 8500 as it is something that the market needs to keep NVIDIA in check and on their toes. We can hope that all of the negatives we have seen can be solved with more mature drivers out of ATi, but you know as well as we do that drivers have never been ATi's strong suit. We are certainly not giving up on the Radeon 8500 this early in the game, but ATi releasing this card with these problems sure makes me wonder if they have the ability to get the job done at all.