Hercules 3D Prophet 4500

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...0 compatible slot I would also recommend a CD drive else driver installation will be a pain! My Opinion on it The Herculese 4500 card is a wonderous piece of kit. I myself managed to get hold of one for £20 when they were pretty new so I was very happy. Overall it produces better framerates ... Read review

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Community Level 2MrDarkHelmet


To 4500 or not to 4500

Advantagesspeed quality graphics performance very good and better than GeForce cards

Disadvantagessome functions unsupported workarounds sloppy stuttering performance results

"Product Specs Different API Supported - OpenGL, DirectX RAMDAC Clock Speed - 300 MHz (boostable by 15% easily) Memory Clock Speed - 175 MHz 2D Acceleration - Yup 3D Acceleration - Yup (or else it wouldnt be a 4500-3d would it? tee hee) 2D/3D graphics system - STM Kyro II Graphics chipset 1 x STM Kyro II Video Memory Installed - 64 MB SDRAM (non upgradable) Card Type - AGP, Plug and play compatible AGP information- supports AGP version ..." Read review

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Community Level 5cjkace


nVidia is running scared

AdvantagesGood value, powerful processor, utilises memory better

DisadvantagesEarly drivers

"...until the middle of May) Hercules Prophet 4500 graphics card, rather than build cards based on the new MX200 and MX400 nVidia Geforce MX chips. The Chip PowerVR are the brains behind this new graphics processor, entitled the Kyro 2. Those amongst you that follow hardware developments may remember a chip called the Kyro which was sold by Videologic on it's Vivid range of cards. The Kyro ran at 125Mhz and used a feature called Hidden Surface Removal ..." Read review

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Community Level 2gadget_guy


Need some powerVR for all those games

Advantagesworks with anything

Disadvantagesnot a GeForce III

"...me a BLUE graphics card. Hercules has decided to go with a blue PCB for this card. It has also included a fan for the Kyro II GPU. It also looks pretty good. The main reason I went for the Hercules version of the Kyro II is mainly because of the fact that they release fairly up-to-date drivers for their cards frequently on the website. This has been very important for me because when I tried the reference drivers on the Power VR site, they didn't ..." Read review

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Community Level 2Blue2001


Ultimate money saver.

AdvantagesImpressive performance upgrade at a price the Bank Manager would agree with.

DisadvantagesNot as many features as some more expensive cards.

"...the form of the Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 64 MB . It was indeed the perfect solution for me as I was reluctantly looking at spending a fist full of cash on a high end, highly priced card to bring me up to date. The 3D Phrophet 4500 is a fantastic card with very respectable performance 64 MB RAM at a very reasonable budget price ( I got mine for £115) . Budget can in some cases be a very nice word and this is one such case. To get your hands ..." Read review

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Community Level 4storpey


Complete rubbish to be perfectly honest!

AdvantagesNice packaging.

DisadvantagesVirtually everything about this card.

"...have an appalling card. The Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 IS an appalling graphics card. What's so bad about it then? Well, this review will predominantly contain the 'cons', so brace yourselves for a rant. To begin with, the card (as they all do) claims to bring optimum performance and smooth and fast graphics in the gaming field. Upon installation, there was a video that was supposed to show off what the card can do. This it did very badly, lowering ..." Read review

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Every now and again, the 3D graphic world gets shaken up by new and innovative designs or unique ways of producing the life-like visuals you have come to expect from today's intense games…get ready, shake up time is now. With its flexible delivery options and revolutionary design, the 3D Prophet 4500 AGP - TV/Out offers a new level of performance to 3D graphic technology - making it the best in its class. Basing its innovative design on the principle of working smarter - not harder, the 4500 AGP TV/Out creates lifelike images through a tile-based rendering process which reproduces only the visible aspects of an object, reducing the workload, but not the image quality. The graphic's color quality also gets enhanced, thanks to the Internal True Color system. All the blending operations on all the pixels in each tile are performed on-chip in full 32-bit color (16.7 million colors) - whether in 16-bit or 32-bit mode. In 16-bit mode, at the end of the blending process, the final texture is trimmed to its 16-bit value. This way, the image quality in 16-bit mode is as close as you can get to 32-bit image quality. The 4500 AGP - TV/Out, as the name suggests, can also increase your viewing options. No longer condemned to a life of monitor watching, you can now play games, view your PC-based DVDs, or even some intense graphic work on a TV - talk about video freedom. Taking company's commitment seriously, Hercules continues to define and offer cutting-edge solutions to its gaming and graphics-focused public. The proof is the 3D Prophet 4500 AGP - TV/Out.


MPN 4768106, 4768108, 140-0157-6, 4780163, 140-0156-4, 4868056, 140-0154-9, 4780113
Device Type Graphics card
Bus Type AGP 4x
Graphics Engine STM Kyro II
2D/3D Graphics Coprocessor / Vendor STM Kyro II
Max Resolution 1920 x 1440 at 75 Hz, 1920 x 1200 at 75 Hz, 1920 x 1400 at 75 Hz
Interfaces 1 - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
API Supported OpenGL, DirectX, Direct3D


Size 64 MB / 64 MB (max)
Technology SDRAM
Effective Clock Speed 175 MHz

Video output

Supported Display Graphics VGA (640x480), XGA (1024x768), SVGA (800x600), SXGA (1280x1024), SXGA+ (1400x1050), SXGAW (1600x1024), UXGA (1600x1200), UXGAW (1900x1200)
Colours Max Resolution (external) 32-bit colour, 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
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Analogue Video Format NTSC, SECAM, PAL

System requirements

OS Required Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 2000
Min Processor Type Pentium II
Min RAM Size 32 MB
Min Hard Drive Space 10 MB
Additional Requirements CD-ROM
Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM


Software Included Drivers & Utilities, Drivers & Utilities, Myst III: Exile
Compliant Standards Plug and Play
Package Type Retail, OEM
Localisation English / United Kingdom


Listed on Ciao since 03/05/2001

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