Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Continuing their trend away from conventional rendering paradigms, today STMicroelectronics releases Imagination’s latest stab at tile based rendering, this time initially sold under the Hercules name of video cards. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. The Kyro II has lived up to expectations. Tile Based Rendering, Continued Page 8:

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Chip Features Page 9: When an object is in front of another it blocks the object behind it, with a traditional render device such as a GeForce, it renders everything in the scene and then just before the scene is displayed the hidden objects are hidden, the Kyro, only renders what is visible, thereby saving a whole lot of memory bandwidth on hidden objects, the hidden objects are taken out of the equation long before a rendering call is given.

Tile Based Rendering, Continued. Called the Kyro II and promising high-end performance at a fraction of the price, let’s see if the latest generation of tile base rendering can outperform an extremely aged rendering platform.

Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 graphics card – Kyro II – 64 MB Series

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I had one of these cards back inand it was one I looked back upon fondly. Hercules are among the early adopters of the Kyro II chipset so lets see how it works in practice. Although HyperZ was initially found only kyfo the high end Radeon DDR card, it was not long before subsequent Radeon products carried HyperZ technology into nearly every price range.


Drivers, Continued Page Tile Based Rendering, Continued Page 8: It’s surprisingly good, and it comes with the backing of Hercules, not a small name in the graphics card business. We decided it was formidable competition for GeForce2 MX-based cards, but a few driver glitches and lackluster performance held the Kyro back.

The Kyro II follows on in the line of PowerVR cards that do the rendering in ji completely different way, to put it simply the Kyro chipset only renders what is visible in a 3D scene.

For years now Imagination has predicted the memory bandwidth crunch that appears to have recently hit home with every major video card manufacturer.

On a more serio Steam names the best-selling games of Its technology has been around kydo the beginnings of consumer 3D graphics, from the Matrox m3D add-in card to many of the arcade machines in Sega’s Virtua series. This tiling technique saves valuable bandwidth when rendering 3D scenes.

Hercules 3D Prophet graphics card – Kyro II – 64 MB Overview – CNET

There are far more detailed reports on the rendering process in the Kyro chipset, but here, I’m just going to concentrate on how it performs. Often times, even slight decreases in memory bandwidth consumption are kro difficult to engineer and put in practice.

Benchmarks At 32 Bit Color. With all the bandwidth saving technologies currently out there, the truth of the matter is that the optimizations now in place are not even close to the point that prevents the memory bus from acting 45000 the largest bottleneck.


Hercules itself is planning on bursting onto the market with 60, 3D Prophet cards. It is for this reason that many in the video card industry are predicting a change, moving us kyeo from the traditional mode of rendering into one where memory bandwidth savings are paramount.

It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Competitors Under Pressure Page 4: Index Immediate Mode Rendering: LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture. These two companies worked with Hercules to improve the Kyro’s drivers and otherwise make the Kyro II product competitive. Merry Christmas kkyro The Tech Report staff!

Dell returns to the stock market after six years. Which uses Tile based rendering, this type of rendering has been around for a while. Hercules sells a version of the card with a television output, but our test unit didn’t have one. The Kyro II based graphics card uses a different type of rendering technology.

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