Hercules' 3D Prophet 4500 graphics card


No more than meets the eye
— 12:08 AM on July 19, 2001

THE HERCULES 3D PROPHET 4500 ought not to be a shock to the graphics market. Its technology has been around since the beginnings of consumer 3D graphics, from the Matrox m3D add-in card to many of the arcade machines in Sega's Virtua series. I used to visit video arcades just to gawk at those games in wonder. Even the Sega Dreamcast used the same PowerVR technology.

Hercules' 3D Prophet 4500 is a shock, though. As enthusiasts, we simply expected to be choosing between GeForces and Radeons for the foreseeable future, and this card is an attractive third option. It's surprisingly good, and it comes with the backing of Hercules, not a small name in the graphics card business. Read on to see what all the fuss is about.

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