Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games? Video 3Digests Video cards: BioShock Infinite and Metro: On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good. Test results The 2D quality is just excellent. 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.

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If you’re going to be playing games in the lower resolutions, that is, x or x, and considering this is a low-end video card I wouldn’t recommend playing in the higher resolutions anywayyou’ll get acceptable performance levels. After that they write letters with suggestions to test the KYRO cards again. Besides, this PCB has a smaller size.

The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giantsbut the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2. And we shouldn’t ignore video cards on this chipset, first of all, due to their low price.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (PCI, 32 MB)

Surprisingly enough, in 3D Markthe Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart. We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency.

Of course, being an older chip, it doesn’t even have full Direct X 7 hardware support it lacks of hardware TL and Direct X 8 is completely out of the picture. A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access all the time to update the software. 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 herculed among all 3D chips.


That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about. Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games?

If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT. The Kyro 1 is essentially the same as the Kyro 2, so you can always see that review for more specific details on the technology behind the silicon. On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good. 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.

That is why the memory has a good overclocking potential, herccules it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed. Strong performance fall when the trilinear and anisotropic filtering are enabled; Lack of anisotropic filtering in the OpenGL; Low quality of the anisotropy in the Direct3D.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (AGP 4x, 32 MB)

Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz. 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:.

That’s because video cards are meant to play games 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 and looked horrible.

On the one hand, it is pleasant that the debugging process is so fast, but, on the other hand, how dare they release products with raw software? 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.


Quake3 Arena demo, standard settings The tests were carried out in two modes: Write a comment below. In the box you can find: In the May 3Digest you can find a full comparison of characteristics of cards of this and other classes. In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test.

File:Hercules 3D Prophet XT 64MB – Wikimedia Commons

It is herciles 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.

But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical! Installation and drivers Test system configuration: This could be a result of driver improvements or the 1. Minimum framerates dip lower on the Kyro-based cards, but the maximum framerates are also higher than the others. Overall I was quite surprised with the way the card performed.

I’d hope they’d fix the problem but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet.