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Product: 3D Prophet All In Wonder 8500DV
Company: Hercules
Estimated Street Price:
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Radeon 8500 Architecture
3: Accessories
4: Software
5: Direct 3D Benchmarks
6: OpenGL Benchmarks

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Hercules 3D Prophet All In Wonder 8500 DV.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 80%
3D Performance: 70%
2D Quality: 85%
Multi-Monitor Support: 75%
Drivers Quality/Reliability: 80%
DVD playback: 90%
Video Capture Features: 80%
TV Tuner: 95%
Price/Value: 85%
Overall: 82%

During our tests the Hercules 3D Prophet All In Wonder 8500DV has revealed itself as being undoubtedly the most complete multi purpose graphics card available on the market. Its integrated features are unbeatable and innovative especially when you consider the built-in IEEE 1394 port. If one might fear that such a plethora of features would lead to poorly implemented features, it isn’t the case at all with the Hercules All In Wonder 8500 DV card. Every feature of the card works flawlessly and accomplishes a great job. Hercules, or should I say ATI, has marvellously succeeded the exploit of combining into a single graphics card: an outstanding 2D graphics adapter with great visual quality, a top of its class 3D GPU, an amazing TV tuner, regular but useful analogue and digital video capturing features, an extraordinary and exceptionally smooth DVD playback thanks to the full hardware MPEG 2 decoding and much more… In conclusion the Hercules 3D Prophet All In Wonder 8500DV is an excellent purchase for users on the look for an affordable yet integrated graphics card.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 82%
Version Reviewed Hercules 3D Prophet All In Wonder 8500 DV
Release Date Out Now
In The Box 1 ATI All In Wonder 8500 DV board
1 BreakOut Box
1 Remote
1 RF USB receiver
DVI-I to VGA Adapter
Drivers CD
Ulead VideoStudio 5 SE CD
1 Users' guide
The Good Points Highly Integrated Solution
Full MPEG2 Hardware Decoding
Great multi standard digital TV tuner
Onboard DV port
The Bad Points Poor performance when FSAA is enabled
Too Big Remote Control
Drivers Updates can be confusing
PC Required

Intel Celeron, Pentium II/III/4 or AMD K6/Athlon processor with a 500MHz minimum speed
Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP
1 free AGP 2x/4x slot
64MB of RAM
Sound Card
1 free USB slot (for the RF remote receiver)
CD-Rom or DVD-Rom Drive


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