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

Performance - Quake 3 Arena


By: Dan Mepham

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At lower resolutions, we're clearly limited by the processor rather than video card, however the MX 400's extra horsepower does manage to pull it a few frames ahead of the Kyro.

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At 1024x768, we're becoming limited more by the video card than the processor. Here the GeForce based cards do well in 16-bit color, but take heavy penalties in 32-bit as they become limited by memory bandwidth. This is particularly apparent on the MX card. The Kryo II, while lagging in 16-bit, performs wonderfully in 32-bit, hardly dropping a single frame.

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Here we have the same again, as the MX 400 outperforms the Kyro in 16-bit (marginally), but begins to lag severely in 32-bit color, hindered by the mere 2.8GB/s worth of memory bandwidth.



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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