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  Hercules 3D Prophet II MX 400 
  Sep 06, 2001, 09:00am EDT 
 

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By: Dan Mepham

In most cases, the Kyro II-based 3D Prophet 4500 still seems to be the best option, particularly in 32-bit color. However, which card weíd recommend depends on price. Using the pricing on Herculesí website, itís difficult to justify spending the extra 50% for the Kyro II board. Conversely, if both cards are priced the same, itís difficult to justify purchasing the MX 400 board, as itís outperformed in most cases by the Kyro.

If both cards are priced similarly, or if the 3D Prophet 4500 were only a few dollars more, weíre inclined to stick with it as our first choice. However, if the 3D Prophet II MX 400 can be found for considerably less money, itís certainly a viable option as well.

Donít get us wrong. The 3D Prophet II MX 400 is a solid video card, and certainly worthy of the Hercules name. The market just happens to be a bit saturated right now, and with the original MX and Kyro II on either side, we just donít see a whole lot of room for the GeForce 2 MX 400.

Perhaps the best advice we can give at this point is to wait. With the GeForce 3 MX due to arrive soon, both of these cards may quickly find themselves outclassed.

Dan Mepham


1. Introduction
2. The GeForce 2 MX 400
3. Hercules' 3D Prophet II MX 400
4. Test Setup & Procedure
5. Performance - Serious Sam & 3DMark
6. Performance - Quake 3 Arena
7. Performance - Unreal Tournament
8. Performance - MDK2
9. Performance - SPECviewperf
10. Summary

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Hercules 3D Prophet II MX 400
Performance: 6/10
Stability: 10/10
Quality: 9/10
Features: 7/10
Price: 9/10
Overall Rating: 7/10
 

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