Everybody´s talking about NVIDIA and their revolutionary new GeForce 3 chip at the moment. But earnings are pretty low in this High-End Segment at the moment. The money is made in the mid-range Mainstream sector with GeForce 2 MX and RADEON VE. Only on thing´s imoportant here: Nice MHz and MB numbers and cheap prices. And now there´s a new competitor playing in that league: ST Micro´s new Direct 3D and OpenGL compatible Kyro II which comes with the new Hercules 3D Prophet 4500.Take a closer look here.
The Kyro II chip and the 64MB 128Bit SDRAM memory are clocked at 175MHz - almost GeForce 2 MX values. Only the RAMDAC seems to be a weak for higher resolutions with only 270MHz.
Here are some screenshots and slides:
- The card
- Kyro II illustrated
- The future of 3D graphics
- Benchmarks in Expendable (DX), Excessive Speed (DX), and Quake III demo 001 (OpenGL): Pentium III 1GHz/Asus CUSL2/128MB PC133 SDRAM
- Image of a character from "Escape from Monkey Island" (left: w/o FSAA, right: with FSAA)
- With and without EMB (right side has bump mapping)
- Running Temple demo: beta 1