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

FSAA Performance - Quake 3 Arena


By: Dan Mepham

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When FSAA is implemented, the performance penalty payed by Immediate mode renderers is amplified, since the card is essentially rendering in a higher resolution, which means even more memory bandwidth is wasted texturing pixels that won't be visible. As a result, when switching to 2x or 4x anti-aliasing, both GeForce 2 cards suffer a noticeable hit, while the Kyro II sees a much smaller drop in performance.

In fact, in 4x AA, the Kyro II comes very close to edging out the GeForce 2 Pro in 32-bit color. Once again, small but efficient wins out over the brute force approach.



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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