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I think the Q3A results speak for themselves. Here you see the performance difference between the MX and MX, an especially sizeable difference more than 10 FPS in the lower resolutions, but the gap closes the further up you go.

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The last test we ran involved Interplay's Giantssame as the Kyro 2 review. The test involves a quick run through the multiplayer level "Three Way Island 1" from the Meccs team to catch the minimum and maximum framerates encountered.


Since Giants utilizes the Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, it can give us an idea of what to expect in future games as far as performance goes: First off, you might notice that these numbers are different from the previous reviews that this test was used in. This patch, in addition to whatever it is that patches do, gave an overall performance increase on every card that I tested on HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 new version.

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If you haven't already, you ought to download it. In this game, the MX's increased speeds don't seem to make a very large difference, with the Radeon LE still performing very well. Software support is good with essentially all Nvidia-based cards.

If you're not using manufacturer-specific driver builds, you can get official reference drivers from Nvidia's website, and if you're interested in tweaking, beta drivers from plenty of other websites. Then it all comes down to one question: But if you're upgrading from older cards and don't want to spend a lot, this card is a solid choice. Of course there's always the possibility that in a few months we'll all be introduced to a budget-ized GeForce 3 GeForce 3 MX perhaps? That's a danger if you buy just about any budget video card right now, though. For general gaming purposes, even at high resolutions, the Kyro II performs as well as, or better than, anything Nvidia can offer, on a bang-per-buck basis.

So what's the original Kyro like compared with the Kyro II? Well, it's the same thing, only with a lower clock speed. That's the full extent of the difference. The newer chipset has more transistors and uses less power, but it essentially just does the same stuff faster. Both Kyro flavours thus share many qualities. Apart from their surprisingly good performance considering their modest RAM speedthey also render everything internally in 32 bit colour. HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 means that their 16 bit colour mode looks unusually good, but runs unusually slowly, compared with 32 bit.

You might as well run in 32 bit all the time. Not bad for half the money, eh? Actually, it sometimes does better than that, for moderate resolutions. The original Kyro can often deliver a playable 3D single player game - well, if your standards aren't too high, anyway - in by At that resolution, the MX is choking badly.

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The difference between the Kyro and the Kyro II is noticeable, and the newer card's a better board. But the original Kyro, given its much lower price, gives the Prophet a serious run for its money.

Why is the so expensive? Because it's got twice as much memory, that's why. Hercules make versions of the with and without TV output, but they both have 64Mb of memory. You can actually use 64Mb of video memory, a bit, in some current games. You can also just turn the texture detail down and keep on trucking with a humble 16Mb card, though. Only if you're into pro 3D rendering, with gigantic preview window texture sets, is another 32Mb of RAM really likely to make a difference. The XT hasn't set the world on fire, but if you want to upgrade your PC's 3D capabilities without spending the national debt of Bolivia on a GeForce3, there's a great deal to be said for the plain old Kyro. If you dig heat sinks, by the way, the XT is for you. You get one nifty round chip cooler on the front of the board, and HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 washboard heat sink on the back.


The original Kyro actually runs hotter than the Kyro II, so there's some justification for the extra aluminium on this card. You can also get a HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 version of the XT, which performs much the same the bandwidth difference between PCI and AGP only really matters if you've run out of video memory, and then a faster graphics bus just lets your PC suck a bit less This includes old crusty computers that don't need a hot graphics card, but it also includes brand-name machines with an AGP interface for built-in video hardware and no AGP slot, and computers that already have one graphics HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 installed, but need another for multi-monitor applications.

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But at low to medium resolutions - up to roughly by32 bit colour - there isn't much between the plain GeForce and the DDR version, with its more expensive double-speed memory. But not well enough to justify its price. NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 32 MB / 32 MB (max) x, SXGAW (x), UW-SXGA (x), UXGA (x), VGA (x), XGA (x), x, SVGA (x), SXGA (x), SXGA+ (x). By now, everyone should be more than familiar with the GeForce 2 MX HERCULES 3D Prophet II MX 400 released by Nvidia so many months ago. The advent of the.

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