On the one hand, it is pleasant that the debugging process is so fast, but, on the other hand, how dare they release products with raw software? 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. For testing we used drivers from STMicroelectronics of 7. I had expected 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. On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good.

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That’s because video cards are meant to play games Besides, there are some drawbacks connected with the KYRO’s architecture: The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giantsbut the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2.

On the one hand, it means that the product is improving and developing; on the other hand, there is an example of the ATI RADEON when the product was released with rather raw software. For estimation of 3D quality we used the id Software Quake3 v.

Hercules 3D Prophet XT Review – IGN

The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies. 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.


These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released. User Manual; CD with drivers and utilities.

Conclusion I must only add to the words said above that activation of the S3TC in the Direct3D doesn’t practically worsen the quality the most of errors are corrected in the latest versions of the drivers. The activation of the S3TC hasn’t helped here. That’s because these are budget cards we’re kyrro about. The Kyro 1 is essentially the same as the Kyro 2, so you can always see that review for more specific details on the technology behind the silicon.

Test results The 2D quality is just excellent. This could be a result of driver improvements or 400xt 1. It is similar to the Blue Orb from ThermalTake, but the heat sink has a completely different configuration. Giants utilizes Direct X 8 and Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, and while it should generally favor cards with these features, this is not always the case:. In X at 75 one can see a sharp image.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (STMicro STG4000-X / PowerVR Kyro I)

OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible. Don’t forget that when you’re looking at the benchmarks, and the price. Here the results are somewhat different. I’d hope they’d fix the kyr but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet. Video 3Digests Video cards: Unfortunately, the situation connected kuro such a way of debugging of drivers is unpleasant.

Surprisingly enough, in 3D Mark40000xt Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart. 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 and maximum framerates encountered. The card is traditionally sky-blue. A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access all the time to update the software.


Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT graphics card – Kyro – 32 MB

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.

It provides the space for kyri TV-out chip.

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Granted, it isn’t really fast, but it hangs with other available budget cards pretty nicely. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. Minimum framerates dip lower on the Kyro-based cards, but the maximum framerates are also higher than the others. If you remember that the quality of the bit color of the KYRO is excellent, you can make the conclusion yourself. That is why the memory has a good kyfo potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed.