Here the results are somewhat different. Giants utilizes Direct X 8 and Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, and while it should generally favor cards with these features, this is not always the case:. Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7. Surprisingly enough, in 3D Mark , the Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart. I had expected a bigger difference, after all the Kyro 1 is 60MHz slower and has half the RAM of the Kyro 2, but such was not the case. Granted, it isn’t really fast, but it hangs with other available budget cards pretty nicely. That’s because video cards are meant to play games
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Quake 3 tells the same story: Detonator XP version If you’re going to be playing games in the lower resolutions, that is, x or x, and considering this is a low-end video card I wouldn’t 400xt playing in the higher resolutions anywayyou’ll get acceptable performance levels.
Minimum framerates dip lower on the Kyro-based cards, but the maximum framerates are also higher than the others. Here we see the Kyro 2 coming out on top in all resolutions, and the Kyro 1 expectedly lagging behind the others.
There were some issues I experienced with certain driver revisions. Surprisingly enough, the Kyro 1 manages to keep up with the MX where maximum framerates are 4000xxt, and even scores higher in x Overall I was quite surprised with 3e way the card performed.
This could be a result of driver improvements or the 1.
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I had expected a bigger difference, after all the Kyro 1 is 60MHz slower and has half the RAM of the Kyro 2, but such was not the case. Giants utilizes Direct X 8 and Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, and while it should generally favor cards with these features, this is not always the case:. Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7.
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.
Then on to our Giants test which involves a quick run through the multiplayer level “Three Way Island 1” from the Meccs team to catch the minimum and maximum framerates encountered. I’d hope they’d fix the problem but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet. Here the results are somewhat different.
Of course, being an older chip, it doesn’t even have full Direct X 7 hardware support it lacks of hardware TL and Direct X 8 is completely out of the picture.
Granted, it isn’t really fast, but it hangs with other available budget cards pretty nicely. Obviously done for the sake of cooling, not like it’s there to make toast. Don’t forget that when you’re looking at the benchmarks, and the price.
That’s because video cards are meant to play games These tests were run before the newer October 15 official drivers were released. 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.
It is based on the original Kyro graphics chip, the one that came before the Kyro 2 used in the Prophet that we reviewed nearly five months ago and is as such, considered to be previous-generation hardware.
The Radeon scores higher than the MX as is typically expected in Giantsbut the highest speeds are achieved by the Kyro 2. If you’re on a really tight budget and you’re buying retail, look no further than the XT. Drivers for the different video cards were: Surprisingly enough, in 3D Markthe Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart.
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Notice how there are no GeForce 3 Titaniums included. That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about. OpenGL wouldn’t start for Quake 3, 2D was terribly sluggish in windows, video was low-resolution and low-color and looked horrible.
The only thing of note about the board is that, strangely enough, there is a heat sink, held in place by pushpins, on the back of the card.
I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.