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    Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 64MB
    Author: Drew Lanclos
    Date Posted: July 6th, 2001
    Rating: 7/10 SystemLogistics

    Testing/Benchmarking Cont.

    3DMark2001 is a much more difficult test to run than 3DMark2000. 3DMark2001 adds a lot more detail and newer technologies into the equation, resulting in much lower benchmarks for older cards. This explains the much lower scores across the board.

    The results from this test almost didn't seem worth talking about. Here, the Kyro II gets blasted by the other competitors, and then it doesn't even show up on the other tests. 3DMark2001 would constantly lock up the system, forcing a reboot. I re-ran the 640x480 benchmark five times, and managed to finish it three, giving me the composite score below. I couldn't even get the benchmark to complete with any higher color depths or resolution.

    I had similar crashing problems with 3DMark2001 in Windows 2000, but this time they plagued the GeForce2. The tests would consistently lock up, usually during Dragothic #2. I finally got the tests to run, oddly enough, in 1024x768, but I couldn't get any results with 640x480.

    The Kyro II refuses to give up, posting low scores, but at least showing up on the board. Interesting to note is that the Kyro II's performance delta between resolutions is very minimal. The Radeon's scores decrease by as much as 25% when going from 640x480 to 1024x768, but the Kyro II gives up very little ground, losing only a few points.

    Due to some Windows driver problems orienting around my monitor, Windows flat-out refused to go to 1280x1024 on my NEC MultiSync XV17+, even though it is capable of handling that resolution. Nonetheless, I did manage to get some testing scores for the Kyro II in 1280x1024. With the Kyro II installed, Windows didn't seem to have a problem with 1280x1024, oddly enough. Since none of the other cards would run in 1280x1024, I decided to keep this data separate, but include it here. I've also included the 1024x768 data from above, so that you'd have something to compare it to:

    If you'll recall from before, the Kyro II's performance started out low, but it didn't give out as quickly as the competing cards did. While the Radeon lost as much as 25% of its performance as resolution went up to 1024x768, the Kyro II barely budged. When increasing the resolution further, the Kyro II still managed to hold up under pressure and return respectable scores.

    If you've read this far expecting the 3DWinBench2000 scores, then give up now. The Kyro II wouldn't run 3DWinBench2000 at all. I attempted to contact eTestingLabs regarding this anomaly, but I received no reply from them at the time of the posting of this review.

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