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HERCULES 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:- Enhanced T&L, Unreal 2, Max Payne 2 and X2 The Threat."
HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO 2

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
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

UNREAL 2

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

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ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

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BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Hight World Texture Detail
High Skin Detail
Detail Textures Enabled
All Game Options Enabled
All Misc Options Enabled

COMMENT "I consider 30fps to be playable and the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 can manage that right upto 1024x768. The Elsa GeForce2 MX however really struggles with this game and can't even reach 30fps at low resolution."


MAX PAYNE 2

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

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ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

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BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Anti Aliasing Disabled
High Texture Colour Depth
High Texture Resolution
Trilinear Texture Filtering
All Content Scalabilty High

COMMENT "I am surprised by the great performance shown by the Elsa GeForce2 MX, it manages to offer much better performance than the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 even at the highest resolution tested."


X2 THE THREAT

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

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ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

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COMMENT "We are now using the most recent game in this review and both video cards are struggling. It was found that this game had graphical problems with the Hercules 4500 Kyro2, however once "EnTNL" was enabled the game looked great although performance suffered. Although the Elsa GeForce2 MX was able to outperform the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 it was a close result, maybe new drivers will help improve the performance of the Hercules 4500 Kyro2."
BENCHMARK SETTINGS
1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

ENHANCED T&L

ENHANCED T&L DISABLED

3DMARK 20009475
3DMARK 2001 SE4503
MAX PAYNE 276

ENHANCED T&L ENABLED

3DMARK 20007899
3DMARK 2001 SE3716
MAX PAYNE 276

3DMARK 2000 3DMARK 2001 SE MAX PAYNE 2

COMMENT "EnTNL tricks software into thinking the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 can use d3d hardware t&l when it is really just using d3d software t&l. Here we see that with EnTNL enabled 3dmark 2000 and 2001 both deliver much lower scores. Max Payne 2 however delivers the same score which I think is because EnTNL has already been enabled in the drivers for compatibility reasons."

LOW CPU POWER (640x480)

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

3DMARK 2001 SE2717
QUAKE 3121
MAX PAYNE 244

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

3DMARK 2001 SE4069
QUAKE 3127
MAX PAYNE 259

3DMARK 2001 SE QUAKE 3 MAX PAYNE 2

COMMENT "With this test we are using the Duron 1.1Ghz cpu to show performance on a slower system. The GeForce2 MX is able to win all of these benchmarks easily partly due to it's use of hardware t&l. The Kyro2 only has software t&l so all calculations have to be done on the cpu which slows things down."

LOW CPU POWER (1024x768)

HERCULES 3DPROPHET 4500 KYRO2

3DMARK 2001 SE2511
QUAKE 396
MAX PAYNE 242

ELSA GEFORCE2 MX 400

3DMARK 2001 SE2786
QUAKE 366
MAX PAYNE 258

3DMARK 2001 SE QUAKE 3 MAX PAYNE 2

COMMENT "We are now using a higher resolution and the results are much closer with the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 able to outperform the Elsa GeForce2 MX by 30fps with Quake 3."

GAME BENCHMARK HERCULES 3DPROPHET
4500 KYRO 2
ELSA GLADIAC 511
GEFORCE2 MX 400
ENCLAVE 114 74
MAX PAYNE 2 213 268
QUAKE 631 617
QUAKE II 594 517
QUAKE 3 446 327
SERIOUS SAM 2ND ENCOUNTER 335 224
UT 2003 139 158
X2 THE THREAT 63 69
TOTAL GAME PERFORMANCE 2535 2254

CONCLUSION "The Hercules 4500 Kyro2 was able to beat the Elsa GeForce2 MX in all but the three most recent games. The Hercules 4500 Kyro2 was also able to win all of the the synthetic benchmark tests. The only worry with the Hercules 4500 Kyro2 was the lack of performance with the latest games."

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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