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Hercules 3D Prophet 9000 Review

By: Asher Moses | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 27, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Hercules

Specifications

 

- System Requirements

 

Intel Pentium 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD K6/Duron™/Athlon/Athlon XP or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3v), 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X).

 

64MB of system memory

 

Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

 

DVD playback requires DVD drive

 

- Graphics Technology

 

RADEON™ 9000 PRO graphics technology operating at 275MHz

 

- Memory Configuration

 

64MB or 128MB of DDR memory operating at 550 MHz

 

- Operating System Support

 

Windows XP

 

Windows 2000

 

Windows Me

 

Windows 98/98SE

 

- Monitor Support

 

CRT monitor: 15-pin VGA connector

 

TV and VCR: s-video or composite connector

 

DVI-I (flat panel display) connector

 

- Display Support

 

Register compatible with VGA

 

Supports VESA PnP compatible displays

 

BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA

 

DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support

 

VESA Display Power

 

Management Support

 

Separate horizontal and vertical synchronization at TTL levels

 

- CHARISMA ENGINE™ II

 

Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1.1 billion pixels per second

 

High performance 2nd generation hardware transform & lighting engine

 

43 million triangles per second peak throughput

 

Advanced vertex shader support for the latest programmable effects

 

- SMARTSHADER™ technology

 

Full support for DirectX 8.1 programmable pixel and vertex shaders in hardware

 

1.4 pixel shaders support up to 22 instructions and up to 6 textures per rendering pass

 

1.1 vertex shaders support vertex programs up to 128 instructions

 

Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL via extensions

 

Programmable shaders provide enhanced 3D effects in over 100 existing and upcoming game titles

 

- SMOOTHVISION™

 

Image quality enhancement features for Direct3D™ and OpenGL applications

 

Programmable full-scene anti-aliasing supports 2 to 6 samples with user selectable performance and quality modes

 

Advanced anisotropic filtering supports 2 to 16 samples for high quality texture rendering with minimal performance impact

 

- HYPERZ™ II

 

Lossless Z-Buffer Compression and Fast Z-Buffer Clear reduce memory bandwidth by up to 25%

 

- VIDEO FEATURES

 

FULLSTREAM™ Hardware accelerated de-blocking of Internet video streams

 

VIDEO IMMERSION™ II delivers industry-leading DVD playback

 

Integrated MPEG-2 decode including iDCT and motion compensation for top quality DVD with lowest CPU usage

 

Unique Adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing feature combines the best elements of the "bob" and "add-field" (weave) techniques

 

YUV to RGB color space conversion

 

Back-end scaler delivers top quality playback

 

4-tap horizontal and vertical filtering

 

Upscaling and downscaling

 

Filtered display of images up to 1920 pixels wide

 

Hardware mirroring for flipping video images in video conferencing systems

 

Supports 8-bit alpha blending and video keying for effective overlay of video and graphics

 

- DISPLAY FEATURES

 

Dual integrated display controllers to drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates

 

HYDRAVISION™ software provides complete control over multi-display configurations with a user-friendly interface

 

400MHz Dual integrated DACs with 10-bit per channel palette

 

Integrated DVI-compliant 165MHz TMDS transmitter

 

Integrated TV-Out support up to 1024x768 resolution

 

- GENERAL FEATURES

 

Comprehensive 2X and 4X AGP support. Compatible with AGP 8X universal motherboards.

 

Fully compliant with PC 2002 requirements

 

Optimized for Pentium 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon™ 3Dnow! processor instructions

 

Highly optimized 128-bit 2D engine with support for new Windows XP GDI extensions

 

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