Detonator XP version 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? Drivers for the different video cards were: Unfortunately, the situation connected with such a way of debugging of drivers is unpleasant. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption:

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For comparison the results of the following cards are given: That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about. Besides, this PCB has a smaller size. Obviously done for the sake of cooling, not like it’s there to make toast. If you remember that the quality of the bit color of the KYRO is excellent, you can make the conclusion yourself.

Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games? On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good. In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (PCI, 32 MB)

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. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. prophef

The activation of the S3TC hasn’t helped here. It’s not at the FPS of higher end models, but then if your eye can distinguish between games at and 60 FPS you should be too busy working at the circus to care about gaming. I just don’t recommend to enable the texture compression on the games herfules on the UnrealTournament engine.


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. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.

But the memory works at MHz, as well as the chip, because the frequencies of the processor and the memory propuet synchronized. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz. Here the results are somewhat different. For estimation of 3D quality we used the id Software Quake3 v.

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

Drivers for the different video cards were: Herculds, the drivers are constantly being debugged. 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.

A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access all the time to update the software. The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giantsbut the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2.

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

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. That is why the memory has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed.


OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible. 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:.

For testing we used drivers from STMicroelectronics of 7. These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released.

Quake 3 tells the same story: 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. Detonator XP version 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. We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency.

Quake3 Arena demo, standard settings The tests were carried out in two modes: