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Introduction


The specifications...: that sometimes they cheat!

Tile Rendering: if one does not see, do not draw it!

Drivers

Material used in the tests

Yield (1): VillageMark

Yield (2): 3DMark2000

Yield (3): 3DMark2001

Yield (4): Quake 3

Yield (5): AntiAliasing = Quality

Overclocking: a pity...

Conclusion

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7/8/2001


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Juan Herrerías Rey
 

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Hercules 3D Prophet 4500: KYRO II against NVIDIA


 

In last years we have been present at the flowering of a giant of the graphic industry that has been imposed to his competition so aplastantemente as in his moment it did Intel on the microprocessors market: NVIDIA. In a few years his Riva, TNT and GeForce, have popped in on the market successfully always increasing. Photo of the card 3D Prophet 4500

For the way there have stayed many companies, earlier successful, now relegated to more and more restricted segments, with market shares in constant descent, absorbed by other companies or simply in failure: S3, Trident, Cirrus Logic... For not speaking of 3dfx, whose famous Voodoo have finished in hands of the proper NVIDIA. Only ATI and Matrox have managed to resist with certain success.

... Only? No! A village populated by unyielding Gauls resists still and always to the invader... ejem, estooo... Since he was saying, still there exists some company that dares to face the almost almighty NVIDIA; one of these unyielding is Imagination Technologies, who entrusts to resist thanks to the technology of his chips KYRO (of the family PowerVR) and Hercules's quality. Will it be a vain hope? Let's study the case...

 

The specifications...: that sometimes they cheat!

Before us a card appears her 3D Prophet 4500, with carefully finished typically in the products Hercules-Guillemot of last times. Blue, with an excellent fan on the chip (a quality detail although, in the opinion of a servant, almost unnecessary)... impressive, undoubtedly. The one that we have proved has not TV exit, but there exists a model that includes this option.

Let's see now the specifications of the "title role":

Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 (chip KYRO II, PowerVR 3)

Speed of the chip

175 MHz

Fill Rate

350 Mpíxels/s

Memory quantity

64 MB

Type of memory

SDRAM 128 bits

Speed of the memory

175 MHz

Memory band

2,8 GB/s

RAMDAC

300 MHz

Interface

AGP 2x

64 MB of memory, it is not badly... although it is sure that any of the information has seemed at first sight slightly scarce to him, like the speeds in MHz or not use of memory DDR: truth? But CARE: only at first sight. The numbers "in brute" of this card must not be compared with those of a GeForce, because his technology is very different, as we will tell further on. In any case, there a few numbers of the GeForce2 go most sold at present:

Speed of the chip (MHz)

Fill Rate (Mpíxels/s)

Type of memory

Typical speed of the memory (MHz)

Band of memory (GB/s)

GeForce2 MX 200

175

350

SDRAM 64 bits

166

1,33

GeForce2 MX 400

200

400

SDRAM 128 bits / DDR 64 b.

183 (SDRAM)

2,93

GeForce2 GTS

200

800

DDR 128 bits

333

5,33

GeForce2 GTS Pro

200

800

DDR 128 bits

400

6,4

But good, remember that they must not be compared without analyzing them thoroughly. Does he remember that the Pentium 4 are sometimes slower than Pentium III, despite having many other MHz the Pentium 4? Since something like that happens in this case. Let's enter matter...

 


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