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Product: 3D Prophet III Titanium 500
Company: Hercules
Website: http://www.hercules.com
Estimated Street Price: $349.99
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: GeForce 3 Ti 500 Explanations 1
3: GeForce 3 Ti 500 Explanations 2
4: GeForce 3 Ti 500 Explanations 3: Newly Enabled Ti 500 Features

5: 2D Features
6: Benchmarks
7: OverClocking & 3D Tweaker
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 Titanium 500.

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Performance: 85%
Features:
85%
Drivers: 90%
2D Quality: 90%
3D Quality: 95%
Image Quality: 90%
Users' Guide: 75%
Price: 65%
Overall: 85%
 

Despite the rumors about the partnership Hercules has elaborated with NVIDIA, Hercules comes back with a great 3D graphics card powered by the most powerful GPU from NVIDIA. As usual the quality of the board is excellent and there’s nothing to complain about. Powerful, faster than ever, the best gets even better. The integration of a TV output and a DVI connector for LCD monitors to the 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 are real pluses as well as the fact the bundle comes with PowerDVD 3.0. We can regret that Hercules doesn't provide anymore game demos in the package.

The GeForce 3 Ti 500 GPU addresses the most common performance and memory bandwidth issues that were affecting the GeForce 3. In conclusion this graphics card will turn every computer into a dream machine designed to reach ultimate framerates. The Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 delivers an unrivalled visual quality, achieves top notch 3D performance, is flexible and efficient enough to be used as a DVD decoder and provides good performance in 2D making the board ideal for various uses not to say the technologies explained above are simply exceptional. With no doubt, the Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 is simply the most powerful 3D graphics card available today on the market thanks to its NVIDIA GeForce 3 Ti 500 GPU. If we omit a small detail, its price, we highly recommend the 3D Prophet III Titanium 500. Your investment in a Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 is somewhat protected due to the architecture of the GPU that is ready to evolve thanks to the Vertex shaders, while future games will soon use the 3D textures and Shadow buffers techniques to deliver a breathless, visual appealing new experience.

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 85%
Version Reviewed Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti 500
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box 1 3D Prophet III Titanium 500 card,
1 Drivers CD-Rom,
1 PowerDVD 3.0 CD-Rom,
1 Users' Guide,
1 PowerDVD Users' Guide,
1 TV Output cable,
1 set of Hercules stickers,
1 PowerDVD 3.0 Key.
The Good Points Better fillrate,
Exceptional performances,
Boosted GPU & memory frequencies,
Reliable Full Featured Drivers,
TV & LCD Outputs,
Awesome board design.
The Bad Points No Real Hardware DVD Support,
Expensive.
Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium 4 2.0 GHz A
Intel D850MD Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
256 MB PC800 RDRAM
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony CPD-E400 Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum

Microsoft TrackBall Optical
Microsoft Office Keyboard

DVD Pioneer 106s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW2200E

PC Required

Minimum System Requirements

Pentium II/AMD K6 (or higher processor)
Free AGP 2.0 Slot
Microsoft® Windows®  95 OSR2, 98/98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4 SP6, Windows 2000 or Windows XP Home/Pro
64Mb of RAM
10Mb of available hard disk space
Quad Speed or faster CD-Rom/DVD-Rom drive

 

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