In X at 75 one can see a sharp image. Installation and drivers Test system configuration: Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giants , but the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2. But not everything is so perfect. 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 anyway , you’ll get acceptable performance levels.

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Videocard virtual museum ยป Hercules 3D Prophet XT (STMicro STGX / PowerVR Kyro I)

Video 3Digests Video cards: Unfortunately, the situation connected with such a way of debugging of drivers is unpleasant. That is why the kyroo has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.

Besides, there are some 44000xt connected with the KYRO’s architecture: Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7. Detonator XP version That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT (STMicro STG4000-X / PowerVR Kyro I)

The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies. 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.


In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test. Here the results are somewhat different.

But the memory works at MHz, as well as the chip, because the frequencies of the processor and the memory are synchronized. A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access 4000xtt the time to update the software. After that they write letters with suggestions to kyrp the KYRO cards again. 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.

The activation of the S3TC hasn’t helped here. Quake 3 tells the same story: Besides, this PCB has a smaller size. And we shouldn’t ignore video cards on this chipset, first of all, due to their low price. These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released. Surprisingly enough, the Kyro 1 manages to keep up with the MX where maximum framerates are concerned, and even scores higher in x It’s not at the FPS of higher end models, but then if your eye can distinguish between games at and 60 FPS you should be too busy working at the circus to care about gaming.

The GPU is equipped with a roundish cooler with an effective fan. For testing we used 4000xt from STMicroelectronics of 7.

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 kjro. 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.


For comparison the results of the following cards are given: The difference consists in the arrangement of the memory chips. That’s because video cards are meant to play games 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. Overall I was quite surprised with the way the card performed. 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.

If you remember that the quality of the bit color of the KYRO is excellent, you can make the conclusion yourself. Don’t forget that when you’re looking at the benchmarks, and the price. 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.

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.