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  Product Profile : Imagination/ST Microelectronics Kyro II 
 
The Kyro II offers a completely different approach to 3D graphics, and does so with style and competence.

For more information, see ST Micro's Kyro II site at http://kyro.st.com
Performance: 7/10

For a chip with its specifications, the Kyro II performs incredibly, often outpacing a seemingly much more powerful GeForce 2 Pro. It is, however, not a professional solution of any sort. So long as you know you're talking about a budget graphics chip, you won't be disappointed with the Kyro II.

Stability: 10/10

We encountered no difficulties with our sample whatsoever.

Features: 3/10

Here's where the Kyro II lacks. No T&L engine hurts the chip big time when it comes to newer games, although it does support both EMBM and S3TC.

Price: 10/10

For the price, few graphics chips can offer the same level of performance. Kyro II-based boards should retail for less than a GeForce 2 GTS, making them an outstanding value.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Overall, we think we have a winner here. It's not a professional solution, but for a budget gaming rig, the Kyro II is tough to beat.

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