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Product: 3D Prophet III
Company: Hercules
Estimated Street Price: $429.00
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Features & Installation
3: Drivers & TV Output
4: GeForce 3 Explanations 1
5: GeForce 3 Explanations 2
6: GeForce 3 Explanations 3
7: Benchmarks
8: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Hercules 3D Prophet III.



Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 85%
Performance: 75%
Features: 85%

Drivers: N/A
2D Quality: 95%
3D Quality: 98%
Image Quality: 90%
Users' Guide: 75%
Price: 60%

Overall: 82%

As usual, Hercules didn’t disappoint us with this highly anticipated product. The manufactured quality of the board is still exceptional and unrivalled while the integration of a TV output and a DVI connector for LCD monitors are real pluses. Overall this product is a dream machine, and the visual quality it brings, thanks to all the technologies explained above, is indescribable and unprecedented as shown in the previous screenshots. I won’t hold forth on the performances of the GeForce 3 except that they’re only aimed to evolve to new levels when finalized drivers will come out. Hercules provides its graphic card with PowerDVD 3.0, which is an advantage even if we regret that all games provided on the CD are only demo versions and not full ones.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 82%
Version Reviewed Hercules 3D Prophet III
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 Hercules 3D Prophet III card,
1 TV Output adapter cable,
1 Users' Guide,
1 PowerDVD 3 Users' Guide
1 Drivers CD containing PowerDVD 3 & Game Demos,
1 Stickers Board.
The Good Points Brand New GPU,
Tons of new 3D features for amazing & ultra realistic 3D scenes,
TV Output & DVI Monitors support,
Top Hercules board design with heatsinks & fans allowing overclocking.
The Bad Points Drivers are buggy and not finalized,
No Real DVD hardware support,
Performances aren't exceptional in comparison to the 3D Prophet II Ultra,
Still overpriced.
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium 4 1.5 Ghz
Intel D850GB Motherboard

Windows Millennium Edition
384 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
IBM 76,8GB UDMA 100 7200rpm HD
DirectX 8.0a
19" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2100E

PC Required

Minimum System

Windows 95 OSR2, 98, Windows Me or Windows 2000
Pentium II or higher
CD-Rom Drive
One AGP 2x (at least) connector
10Mb of free hard disk space (or more if you install provided games)


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