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  ST Micro's Kyro II & Hercules' 3D Prophet 4500 
  Jun 18, 2001, 09:00am EDT 

Performance - Quake 3 Arena

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Quake 3 Arena has always performed well on nVidia cards, and this situation is no different. The Kyro II is defeated across the board both by the more expensive GeForce 2 Pro, and by the similarly-priced GeForce 2 GTS. While we weren't able to include one in our benchmarks, it's obvious that the Kyro II would outperform a GeForce 2 MX, especially at higher resolutions and in 32-bit color.

Speaking of 32-bit color, notice anything interesting? The 3D Prophet 4500/Kyro II see almost NO performance penalty when switching from 16-bit to 32-bit color, the only card on the market we can say that about. Because of the internal 32-bit rendering, games can be played in 32-bit color without loss of performance. In 32-bit, and at higher resolutions, the Kyro II catches up with both GeForce cards nicely, as they begin to become limited by memory bandwidth.

1. Introduction
2. The 3rd Dimension, Bringing Worlds to Life
3. Immediate Mode Rendering, The Industry Standard
4. Tile-Based Rendering, A New Approach
5. Rendering Overview
6. ST Microelectronics' Kyro II
7. Hercules 3D Prophet 4500
8. Test Setup & Procedure
9. Performance - Fill-rates & 3DMark
10. Performance - Quake 3 Arena
11. Performance - Mercedes Benz Truck Racing
12. Performance - Unreal Tournament
13. Performance - SPECviewperf
14. CPU Scaling Performance
15. FSAA Performance - Quake 3 Arena
16. FSAA Performance - Unreal Tournament
17. Summary

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Imagination/ST Microelectronics Kyro II
Performance: 7/10
Stability: 10/10
Features: 3/10
Price: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
Hercules 3D Prophet 4500
Performance: 7/10
Stability: 10/10
Quality: 10/10
Features: 4/10
Documentation: 7/10
Price: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

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