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

Performance - Fill-rates & 3DMark

By: Dan Mepham" alt="Serious Sam Fill-Rate" border=0>

This is something we've never seen before. As we discussed, while Immediate mode renderers are theoretically capable of high fill-rates, they rarely achieve it due to lack of memory bandwidth and overdraw. Serious Sam offers a direct test of a card's actual fill-rate, and shows that the GeForce 2 line, while boasting theoretical fill-rates of 800 Mpixels/sec, is only capable of achieving around 300 Mpixels/sec in most cases. By contrast, the Kyro II is 100% efficient. The card is able to, in both cases, perform exactly as advertised, meeting the theoretical fill-rate head on. Now can you see the advantages of a small, elegant approach, versus a brute-force approach?" alt="MadOnion 3DMark" border=0>

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Kyro II falls behind in the 3DMark2000 and 2001 tests, particularly due to the lack of a T&L unit. The 3DMark tests are really a showcase for what nVidia cards can do, and while they may not give a great indication of performance in today's games, they certainly paint a great picture of performance in tomorrow's. It's clear that when it comes to T&L, and other futuristic features, the Kyro II is lacking.

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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