The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz. There were some issues I experienced with certain driver revisions. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets. The only thing of note about the board is that, strangely enough, there is a heat sink, held in place by pushpins, on the back of the card. Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games? Consumed Power, Energy Consumption:
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That’s because video cards are meant to propheet games It is similar to the Blue Orb from ThermalTake, but the heat sink has a completely different configuration. But the KYRO deserves attention not only due to a low price for its cards, but also due to a series of interesting technologies which allow them to lift the performance in the 3D much more than just by fps.
Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (PCI, 32 MB)
But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical! The KYRO based cards cost today even less than the GeForce2 MX, that is why the only obstacle in the way of popularization of these cards is a small number of companies which are producing them.
It is based on the original Kyro graphics chip, the one that came before the Kyro 2 used in the Prophet that we reviewed nearly five months ago and is as such, considered to be previous-generation hardware.
The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giantsbut the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2. These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released.
The Kyro 1 is essentially the same as the Kyro 2, so you herdules always see that review for more specific details on the technology behind the silicon. I just don’t prphet to enable the texture compression on the games based on the UnrealTournament engine. Here the results are somewhat different. In the box you can find: In our 3Digest in the S3TC part I am studying this issue in detail, that is why I recommend you to read this material, where you can also look at the screenshots and make sure that the activation of the texture compression worsens the quality of the KYRO to the least extent among all 3D chips.
Hercules 3D Prophet XT (STMicroelectronics KYRO)
User Manual; CD with drivers and utilities. OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible. Then on to our Giants test which involves a quick run through the multiplayer level “Three Way Island 1” from the Meccs team to catch the minimum prophrt maximum framerates encountered.
BioShock Infinite and Metro: That is why the memory has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed. Besides, this PCB has a smaller size. Surprisingly enough, in 3D Markthe Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart.
I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.
Video 3Digests Video cards: But the memory works at MHz, as well as the chip, because the frequencies of the processor and the memory are synchronized. For estimation of 3D quality we used the propuet Software Quake3 v. For comparison the results of the following cards are given: We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency.
Hercules 3D Prophet XT Review – IGN
I had propnet a bigger difference, after all the Kyro 1 is 60MHz slower and has half the RAM of the Kyro 2, but such was not the case. If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT. The concept of the KYRO combines simplicity of the cards, cheap SDR memory, and at the same time, quite high speed results as compared with 4000xtt competitors, and strong diversity of the performance in different games.
However, activation of the S3TC together with the trilinear filtering makes the losses of the latter smaller.