Have you heard of the Hercules 3D Prophet 4800 / Kyro II SE?

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by erek, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. erek

    erek [H]ard|Gawd

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    Just learned about this Hercules 3D Prophet 4800 series... cancelled Kyro II SE... some consider it even more rare than the Voodoo 5 6000...


    I'm on the hunt for one, might have located one but the word is still out ... won't be nice and boxed like this from http://ixbtlabs.com/news.html?01/37/78


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  2. defaultluser

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    It was canceled because it didn't offer enough performance improvement to catch-up with the GeForce 3, let-alone the GeForce 4 released that year. It was just an overclocked version (15% faster) of thew same core.

    The previous model matched the Geforce 2 GTS, and lagged the Ultra and Geforce 3.

    The GeForce 4 MX 440 was a little slower than the GeForce 3 in DX7 games, so that would have been it's competition IN OLDER GAMES. With no hardware T&L in 2002, it would have been dead-in-the-water with games like Battlefield 1942 and Halo 1 thirsty for hardware lighting.

    It was a one-trick pony just like the Voodoo 5. PowerVR only survived because they had no need to figure out how T&L worked until the smartphone revolution.
     
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  3. Maddness

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    I love seeing old cards like this. Brings back some cool memories as a teenager and all the Lans we used to go to. I would love manufacturers to also bring back the very cool box art. That was always just as good as what was inside.
     
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    {NG}Fidel [H]ardness Supreme

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    I have now! and I have to second Maddness minus the LANs due to my area not having many.
    They just make me miss the simple times. X800 and its single slot cooler.
     
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    RamonGTP [H]ardness Supreme

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    Box art was so much better back then.
     
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    heslo 2[H]4U

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    Most things were so much better back then
     
  7. erek

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  8. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yes!

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  9. fullvietFX

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    I actually owned a Kyro 2. I upgraded from a TNT2, I think it ended up being a sidegrade though. Paired it with my AMD Athlon Slot-A 1GHz at the time.
     
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