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Hercules 3D Prophet III
Page 2 - Features
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: July 21, 2001
Category: Video
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The 3D Prophet III comes with some pretty standard features. As I stated before, it came with the usual PowerDVD and GeForce style drivers. Hardware wise, the Prophet has S-Video out, DVI out, and the standard VGA out. The card came with an S-Video to RCA Adapter as well.

The End...
The End...
Standard Control Panels
Standard Control Panels

The video out capabilites work great. I have played MDK with this card on a 27" Sony FD Trinitron and watched DVDs and it all looks great. Hell, it even looked good on our old 13" TV.

I could not test the DVI capabilites because I do not own a device that uses such a connection (such as a LCD monitor). Other than that, all the standard features worked. PowerDVD worked good with the card and even better with TV Out (not in terms of performance mind you). Hercules delivered their features without a hitch.

As for specifications? Hercules provides a pretty good list, which I stole from their page to save you a trip to their site.

3D Prophet III
Chipset Nvidia GeForce3
RAMDAC (MHz) 350
Speed of core (MHz) 200
Flavors Available AGP Only
Supports API(s) Open GL 1.2 + DirectX 8
DVC Support Yes
TwinView Support No

Memory
Amount of RAM (MB) 64
Type of RAM DDR SDRAM
Speed of RAM (MHz) 460
Speed of RAM (GR/sec) 4.0
Bandwidth 7.36


I've covered features and installation as much as I've wanted to in this review; now I'm going to move on to the really important stuff, peformance. Let me start off by introducing the test bed.

The Blue Beast:
ABIT KT7-RAID
AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) 1GHz
768 MB Corsair PC-133 SDRAM CAS-2
Hercules 3D Prophet3 (GeForce3)
(2) 15GB IBM Deskstars in a RAID 0 Array
Hercules Game Theater XP
3Com 10BT/100BTX Fast Etherlink XL
Kenwood 52x TrueX CD-ROM Drive
Pioneer 10x DVD-ROM Drive
Plextor 16/10/40A
OS: Windows 2000
All Housed in the offical Xtreme Tek "Blue Beast"


Tests:
Quake III Arena - Demo001
- Fastest
- Normal
- High Quality

MDK2 (Max Texture Quality, Bilinear Filtering)
- 16bit
- 32bit

3DMark 2001 (with Image Quality)
- 32bit

Alright, now let us see the results of the test. I will start out with the Quake 3 results first, then the MDK2 results, and finish off the performance section with synthetic benchmarks (3DMark 2001).

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Performance



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