The chip clock rate of MHz wasn’t enough for the Kyro I to really get the ball rolling. You can tell that memory and chip clocks both run at MHz in the new powerstrip version. Dell returns to the stock market after six years. Today, Videologic is only a graphics card manufacturer that equips its cards with PowerVR chips. The Kyro II offers lots on the advertising literature lets see what it actually provides in terms of performance. Kyro I, however, never managed to gain a foothold in the market.

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Which uses Tile based rendering, this type of rendering has been around for a while.

As yet, there are no Windows NT herccules drivers available. Interestingly enough, the companies all started out as Videologic, which developed the PowerVR technology. The current driver version can still be found under “Version”.

A Speedy Tiler: Kyro II on Hercules’ 3D Prophet –

Depending on the country, you can access various Hercules Web sites. However, it is still obvious that certain areas on the board layout have been kept hsrcules for other options.

ATI is doing its utmost to rein in this problem by using “HyperZ” technology. At a resolution of xthat makes for tiles. After calculating all the tiles, the Kyro II applies deferred texturing, a process we have described previously. Kyro I, however, never managed kygo gain a foothold in the market.


Videologic partnered with NEC, and managed to wrest away the Sega Dreamcast contract from 3dfx, a situation for which 3dfx received a decent payoff after litigation. The z-buffer has basically been done away with. Click to find out more.

As with Direct3D, you can access the full-scene anti-aliasing option smoothing through a sub-menu. Today, Videologic is only a graphics card manufacturer that equips its cards with PowerVR chips. Generally, only the objects in the foreground require this process.

The also sports a matching blue chip cooler and fan, which might be overkill for a small, MHz chip, but it looks tough. That means that the card could potentially be overclocked to MHz. As you can see on a conventional renderer such as a GeForce2 there is much more use of the external memory bandwidth as denoted in the red arrows in the diagram above, this shows just kjro much herculez the Kyro II is saving.

The Kyro II follows on in the line of PowerVR cards that do the rendering in a completely different way, to put it simply the Kyro chipset only renders what is visible in a 3D scene. So, chipmaker STMicro is pursuing another strategy.

Hercules’ 3D Prophet 4500 graphics card

What is crucial, though, is how it performs. Let’s take a look at the differences.


Hercules 3D Prophet 64 MB: PowerVR’s technology, on the other hand, first verifies whether it is even necessary to fill all the polygons present in a 3D scene. It’s surprisingly good, and it comes with the backing of Hercules, not a small name in the graphics card business.

An intelligent feature is limiting AGP mode to a maximum of 2X. The Kyro II uses tiles that are 32×16 pixels in size. Synthetic DirectX-7 benchmark V1. For reference, in Octoberwe tested the first generation of PowerVR technology on Videologic’s Neon kuro card. In addition, Kyro II sales aren’t targeted at the high-end aof the 3D graphics market, but rather in the value or mainstream segment of the market.

Review: Hercules Prophet – Graphics –

The great thing about PowerVR tiling is that every tile fits into the on-chip buffer. Video memory with short access times is, however, expensive. You can tell that memory and chip clocks both run at MHz in the new powerstrip version. These games, included Quake 2 among others.