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HERCULES 4500 KYRO 2

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO 2
"Hercules 3DProphet 4500 Kyro 2 review featuring the Kyro 2 GPU which we last tested 2 years ago in our Videologic VividXS Kyro 2 review. In this article we test the Hercules 3DProphet 4500 Kyro2 against the Elsa Gladiac 511 GeForce2 MX 400. Software used for benchmarking is as follows:- Quake 3, Enclave, Serious Sam Second Encounter and Unreal Tournament 2003."

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
AMD DURON 1.3GHZ (MORGAN)
VIDEO CARD HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2
ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400
POWERVR DRIVER POWERVR v2.01.21.0007
NVIDIA DRIVER DETONATOR v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8X
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2700 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 1
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

QUAKE 3

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x480195
800x600152
1024x76899

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x480153
800x600107
1024x76867

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "Quake III is more demanding but the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 is able to deliver great performance at all of the resolutions tested. Let's make things more difficult for the video cards and enabled 2x fsaa."


QUAKE 3
2x FSAA

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x480129
800x60085
1024x76854

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x48068
800x60046
1024x76828

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The performance of the Elsa GeForce2 MX has just fallen away with 2x fsaa enabled which is very disappointing. Notice how the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 is able to handle 2x fsaa more easily than the Elsa GeForce2 MX. The Hercules 4500 Kyro2 is only 8fps slower running 2x fsaa at 1024x768 than the Elsa GeForce MX at 640x480."


QUAKE 3
4x FSAA

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x48070
800x60046
1024x76828

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x48042
800x60028
1024x76817

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "Now things get interesting, 2x fsaa is demanding but 4x fsaa is even more demanding. Both video cards are really starting to stuggle now especially at high resolutions, the Hercules 4500 Kyro2's performance is still superior to the Elsa GeForce2 MX at all resolutions tested."


ENCLAVE

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x48046
800x60032
1024x76822

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x48026
800x60018
1024x76811

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Vsync Disabled
Decals Enabled
Max Character LOD
Max Curved Surface LOD
Complex Surfaces Enabled
Max World Textures
Max Character Textures

COMMENT "The Hercules 4500 Kyro2 offers much better performance than the Elsa GeForce2 MX which can't handle the high quality settings used in this game."


SERIOUS SAM SE

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x480133
800x600119
1024x76883

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x480105
800x60073
1024x76846

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Elephant Atrium Demo
Fullscreen Enabled
Quality Settings
Large Texture Size
Optimal Texture Quality
Detail Textures Enabled

COMMENT "Now we are using a more modern and demanding game, I was surprised to see the great performance both video cards have delivered even using high quality settings. Once again the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 shows it's the king of games like this by delivering impressive performance at all resolutions tested."


UT 2003

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

640x48052
800x60048
1024x76839

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

640x48068
800x60054
1024x76836

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Antalus Benchmark
Botmatch Setting
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "It was found that neither video card could run botmatch at high quality settings above 30fps so low quality settings were used. For the first time in this review the Elsa GeForce2 MX is superior to the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 in more than one test. However once again the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 is able to deliver better performance at the all important high resolution."

HERCULES 4500 KYRO 2

PAGE 1 HERCULES 4500 KYRO 2
PAGE 2 QUAKE 3 AND UT 2003
PAGE 3 UNREAL 2, MAX PAYNE 2 AND X2 THE THREAT

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