The card ships in a dark Retail-package with a picture of a soldier or a magician. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets. It is based on the original Kyro graphics chip, the one that came before the Kyro 2 used in the Prophet that we reviewed nearly five months ago and is as such, considered to be previous-generation hardware. On the one hand, it means that the product is improving and developing; on the other hand, there is an example of the ATI RADEON when the product was released with rather raw software. I had expected a bigger difference, after all the Kyro 1 is 60MHz slower and has half the RAM of the Kyro 2, but such was not the case. I just don’t recommend to enable the texture compression on the games based on the UnrealTournament engine.
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Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT AGP (PowerVR KYRO I/STG 4000-X)
The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies. Test results The 2D quality is just excellent. That is why the prohpet has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed.
Video 3Digests Video cards: The activation of the S3TC hasn’t helped here. Unfortunately, the situation connected with such a way of debugging of drivers is unpleasant.
But not everything is so perfect. OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color orophet looked horrible. It provides the space for a TV-out chip. It is similar to the Blue Orb from ThermalTake, but the heat sink has a completely different configuration.
In the box you can find: These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released. Of course, being an older chip, it doesn’t even have full 4000 X 7 hardware support it lacks of hardware TL and Direct X 8 is completely out of the picture.
The GPU is equipped with a roundish cooler with an effective fan.
Obviously done for the sake of cooling, not like it’s there to make toast. For comparison the results of the following cards are given: But the memory works at MHz, as well as the chip, because the frequencies of the processor and the memory are synchronized.
Installation and drivers Test system configuration: Granted, it isn’t really fast, but it hangs with other available budget cards pretty nicely. Giants utilizes Direct X 8 and Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, and while it should generally favor cards with these features, this is not always the case:. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.
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In X at 75 one can see a sharp image. A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access all the time to update the software. Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games? Minimum framerates dip lower on the Kyro-based cards, but the maximum framerates are also higher than the others. I’d hope they’d fix the problem but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet. BioShock Infinite and Metro: And we shouldn’t ignore video cards on this chipset, first of all, due to their low price.
The bit color has brought nearly the victory to the KYRO! We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency.
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Besides, this PCB has a smaller size. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: After that they write letters with suggestions to test the KYRO cards again. I had expected a bigger difference, after all the Kyro 1 is 60MHz slower and has half the RAM of the Kyro 2, but such was not the case. There were some issues I experienced with certain driver revisions.