On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good. The concept of the KYRO combines simplicity of the cards, cheap SDR memory, and at the same time, quite high speed results as compared with their competitors, and strong diversity of the performance in different games. Minimum framerates dip lower on the Kyro-based cards, but the maximum framerates are also higher than the others. We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz. Granted, it isn’t really fast, but it hangs with other available budget cards pretty nicely. For estimation of 3D quality we used the id Software Quake3 v.
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Here we see the Kyro 2 coming out on top in all resolutions, and the Kyro 1 expectedly lagging behind the others. Quake3 Arena demo, standard settings The tests were carried out in two modes: In our 3Digest in the S3TC part I am studying this issue in detail, that is why I recommend you to read this material, where you can also look at the screenshots and make sure that the activation of the texture compression worsens the quality of the KYRO to the least extent among all 3D chips.
We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency. In the box you can find: For comparison the results of the following cards are given: Besides, there are some drawbacks connected with the KYRO’s architecture: Surprisingly enough, the Kyro 1 manages to keep up with the MX where maximum framerates are concerned, and even scores higher in x Quake 3 tells the same story: Then on to our Giants test which involves a quick run through the multiplayer level “Three Way Island 1” from the Meccs team to catch the minimum and maximum framerates encountered.
Installation and drivers Test system configuration: These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released.
The difference consists in the arrangement of the memory chips. For estimation of 3D quality we used the id Software Quake3 v.
32mb Hercules 3d Prophet 4000XT AGP VGA Video Graphics Card
Overall I was quite ;rophet with the way the card performed. It provides the space for a TV-out chip. The KYRO based cards cost today even less than the GeForce2 MX, that is why the only obstacle in the way of popularization of these cards is a small number of companies which are producing them. OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible. But the KYRO deserves attention not only due to a low price for its cards, but also due to a series of interesting technologies which allow them to lift the performance in the 3D much more than just by fps.
Hercules 3d Prophet 4000xt 64mb Kyro PCI VGA Graphic Video Card St4100-gh
That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about. But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical! There were some issues I experienced with certain driver revisions.
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:. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to Prophhet.
The card is traditionally sky-blue.
Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Drivers for the different video cards were: Notice how there are no GeForce 3 Titaniums included. On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good.
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But not everything is so perfect. Conclusion I must only add to the words said above that activation of the S3TC in the Direct3D doesn’t practically worsen the quality the most of errors are corrected in the latest versions of the drivers.
Don’t forget that when you’re looking at the benchmarks, and the price. BioShock Infinite and Metro: If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT. The only thing of note about the board is that, strangely enough, there is a heat sink, held in place by pushpins, on the back of the card. User Manual; Ptophet with drivers and utilities.