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

Performance - Mercedes Benz Truck Racing


By: Dan Mepham

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Well, what have we here? We have a $120 Kyro II defeating, and very soundly defeating, a GeForce 2 Pro across the board, particularly in 32-bit color, where the 3D Prophet 4500 performs as much as 20% faster than the GeForce 2 Pro. In fact, it's reasonable to assume the Kyro II would very probably defeat a GeForce 2 Ultra as well.

Again, we see the same pattern of almsot identical performance in 16-bit versus 32-bit color. Only at high resolutions does the performance begin to separate, which we suspect is due to the card running out of texture memory when in 32-bit color, forcing it to swap over the slow AGP bus.



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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