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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



- 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




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




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




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




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




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




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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