Hercules 3D Prophet 4500

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The Hercules 3D Prophet 4500
Kyro II Powered Goodness...

By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta
July 12, 2001

We've got a few more OpenGL tests to run before wrapping things up...

MDK 2, Serious Sam and Dronez Benchmarks
Will older technology hold up?


MDK 2:


MDK 2 performed very well on the 3D Prophet 4500.  Again we see a game that it completely playable all the way up to 1280x1024.





The Serious Sam testing was done using the "final" demo.  This was the benchmark that excited many budget gamers because the Kyro II outperforms most other cards playing Serious Sam.  The 3D Prophet's high "effective" fillrate and 8-Layer multitexturing help it shine here.  Next up, Dronez...





Considering that Dronez is a "next-gen" OpenGL game, we were surprised to see the Kyro II performing so well in this test.


We must admit that our experience with the 3D Prophet 4500 was a pleasant one.  The card installed without incident, had excellent image quality, was compatible with every game and hardware platform we threw at it and is an excellent performer especially considering the low price.  Some users may be concerned that the lack of Hardware T&L and other DirectX 8 features may shorten the lifespan of the 3D Prophet 4500.  It handled Dronez and 3D Mark 2001 just fine though, and they are a good example of what game developers have in store for us in the coming months.  If you are in the market for a good mid-range gaming card, you are short changing yourself if you don't consider the 3D Prophet 4500.  We give the 3D Prophet 4500 a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...

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Tags:  3D, hercules, pro, HET

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