It provides the space for a TV-out chip. Overall I was quite surprised with the way the card performed. Write a comment below. Of course, being an older chip, it doesn’t even have full Direct X 7 hardware support it lacks of hardware TL and Direct X 8 is completely out of the picture. And we shouldn’t ignore video cards on this chipset, first of all, due to their low price.

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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. Fast shows card’s work in bit color and High Quality shows card’s work in bit color.

Here the results are somewhat different. OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible.

The GPU is equipped with a roundish cooler with an effective fan. That’s because video cards are meant to play games In X at 75 one can see a sharp image. Drivers for the different video cards were: Strong performance fall when the trilinear and anisotropic filtering are enabled; Lack of anisotropic filtering in the OpenGL; Low quality of the anisotropy in the Direct3D.

For testing we used drivers from STMicroelectronics of 7.

Hercules 3D Prophet XT (AGP 4x, 32 MB) Overview – CNET

Surprisingly enough, the Kyro 1 manages to keep up with the MX where maximum framerates are concerned, and even scores higher in x 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. Notice how there are no GeForce 3 Titaniums included. These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were 3x.


In hecules May 3Digest you can find a full comparison of characteristics of cards of this and other classes.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT AGP (PowerVR KYRO I/STG 4000-X)

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? If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT.

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. Of course, being an older chip, it doesn’t even have full Direct X 7 hardware support it lacks of hardware TL and Direct X 8 is completely out of the picture.

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: 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. Test results The 2D quality is just excellent. On the whole, herclues KYRO products are rather good.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (AGP 4x, 32 MB)

Video 3Digests Video cards: 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. There were some issues I experienced with certain driver revisions. But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical!


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. The concept of the KYRO ehrcules simplicity of priphet cards, cheap SDR memory, and at the same time, quite high speed results as compared with their competitors, and strong diversity of the performance in different games.

In the box you can find: 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:.

Hercules 3D Prophet XT Review – IGN

That is why the memory has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed. However, activation of the S3TC together with the trilinear filtering makes the losses of the latter smaller. The bit color has brought nearly the victory to the KYRO!

Installation and drivers Test system herculea Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7.