Drivers for the different video cards were: In the May 3Digest you can find a full comparison of characteristics of cards of this and other classes. It provides the space for a TV-out chip. This could be a result of driver improvements or the 1. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets. For estimation of 3D quality we used the id Software Quake3 v. However, activation of the S3TC together with the trilinear filtering makes the losses of the latter smaller.

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Fast shows card’s work in bit color and High Quality shows card’s work in bit color. The concept of the KYRO combines simplicity of the cards, cheap SDR herculex, and at the same time, quite high speed results as compared with their competitors, and strong diversity of the performance in different games.

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Quake3 Arena demo, standard settings The tests were carried out in two modes: Herculex included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets. The difference consists in the arrangement of the memory chips. If you remember that the quality of the bit color of the KYRO is excellent, you can make the conclusion yourself.

The activation of the S3TC hasn’t helped here. On the one hand, it is pleasant that the debugging process is so fast, but, on the other hand, how dare they release products with raw software?


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For testing we used drivers from STMicroelectronics of 7. Overall I was quite surprised with the way the card performed. Notice how there are no GeForce 3 Titaniums included. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz.

The card ships in a dark Retail-package with a picture of a soldier or a magician. The Kyro 1 is essentially the same as the Kyro 2, so you can always see that review for more specific details on the technology behind the silicon. Conclusion I must only add to the words said above that hrecules of the S3TC in the Direct3D doesn’t practically worsen the quality the most of errors are corrected in the latest versions of the drivers.

Besides, the drivers are constantly being debugged. This could be a result of driver improvements or the 1.

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In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test. Detonator XP version Drivers for the different video cards were: Here the results are somewhat different. But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical! In the box you can find: On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good.


If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT. For comparison the results of the nercules cards are given: It’s not at the FPS of higher end models, but then if your eye can distinguish between games at and 60 FPS you should be too busy working at the circus to care about gaming.

A buyer of such a card must has an Internet access all the time to update the software. Test results The 2D quality is just excellent. Besides, there are some drawbacks connected with the KYRO’s architecture: The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies.

Surprisingly enough, the Kyro 1 manages to keep up with the MX where maximum framerates are hsrcules, and even scores higher in x The KYRO based cards cost today even less than the GeForce2 MX, that is why 4000x only obstacle in the way of popularization of these cards is a small number of companies which are producing them.

Surprisingly enough, in 3D Markthe Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart. Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7.