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The Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra
So Cool...it's blue...

By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta
January 4, 2001

H.H. Test System

InWin ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium III 933EB, Asus CUSL2 (i815) Motherboard and Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra w/64MB of DDR SDRAM, 256MB of PC133 True CAS2 Mushkin SDRAM, IBM 30GB 72000 RPM ATA100 Hard Drive, Plextor UltraPLEX 40 CD-ROM, Windows ME, DirectX 8.0, Hercules drivers (Detonator 3 6.35 based)

Benchmarks With The Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra
More OpenGL Scores...

You can't finish a video card review before running a slew of Quake 3 benchmarks, can you?  Of course you can't!  So here they come, Quake 3's "Fastest" setting was used first.

Quake 3 Arena

Over 100FPS at 1600x1200, that is awesome, but we're using the ugly "Fastest" setting.  Let's turn it up a notch as see how it performs at the "Normal" setting.

Again the 3D Prophet II Ultra puts up some serious numbers.  However, Quake 3's "High Quality" setting is where we can really stress a video card.

Again we threw in some numbers from the Elsa Gladiac Ultra for comparison.  Both cards performed great but the 3D Prophet was slightly faster.  Lastly we ran this same test while overclocked.

Finally!  We broke the magical 60FPS mark at 1600x1200x32!  There is no denying the Ultra is the current King of 3D.

While we had Quake 3 set to use the High Quality setting, we set FSAA to the 2X2 setting and ran some timedemos...

Nothing to really brag about here, let's see if we can improve things a bit when overclocked.

A little better, but still a bit of a disappointment.  I'd rather shut off the FSAA and play at 1600x1200 for now.  In Quake 3 Arena, frame rate is key to your success because you need to move fast or your going to be rail-shot dust before you know it.  FSAA is much more useful in games like Flight and Racing Simulators.

What is there left to say about the Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra?  It is one of the fastest and feature rich video cards on the market.  The only real drawback is the price.  At nearly $500, the 3D Prophet II Ultra will probably be the most expensive piece of equipment in your entire system.  Its tough to justify spending that kind of money on a video card, that will surely be surpassed in both performance and features in only a few months.  If you've got the budget and can afford the 3D Prophet II Ultra, you will not be disappointed.  Personally speaking,  I'd wait to see what the next-gen. cards have to offer before taking the plunge.  We give the Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra a HotHardware Heat meter rating of...

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Tags:  3D, hercules, Ultra, pro, HET, ULT

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