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

Test Setup & Procedure


By: Dan Mepham

 Test Setup
ProcessorAMD Athlon 1 GHz, 266 MHz FSB
MainboardIwill KK266-R
Memory256MB Mushkin PC133 CL2 SDRAM
VideoHercules 3D Prophet 4500
nVidia GeForce 2 Pro 64MB
nVidia GeForce 2 GTS 32MB
Hard DiskIBM Deskstar 75GXP DTLA-307020
OtherCreative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value
SMC Etherpower 10/100 PCI NIC
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 2000

We chose to pair our cards with a 1GHz KT133A-based system, as we feel it offers the best indication of what potential users of this card should experience.

Each benchmark was run a minimum of three times, and the results averaged to ensure results were reliable. The card was also tested for driver compatibility with Intel chipsets, and Windows 98SE as well.



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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