May 17, 2019


Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. 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. In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test. Here the results are somewhat different. Video 3Digests Video cards: And we shouldn’t ignore video cards on this chipset, first of all, due to their low price.

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Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. I just don’t recommend to enable the texture compression on the games based on the UnrealTournament engine. It provides the space for a TV-out chip. I’ve included Kyro 2 numbers so you can directly compare the two chipsets.

Jercules 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.

But the S3TC bears fruit, and the gap is not so critical! For testing we used drivers from STMicroelectronics of 7. Samsung produces memory chips with a 7 ns access time, which corresponds to MHz.

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I’d hope they’d fix the problem but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet. Video 3Digests Video cards: Drivers for the different video cards were: Quake3 Arena demo, standard settings The tests were carried out in two modes: In the May 3Digest you can find a full comparison of characteristics of cards of this and other classes.


The card is traditionally sky-blue. In our 3Digest in the S3TC part I am studying this issue in detail, that is why I recommend you to read this material, where you can also look at the screenshots and make sure that the activation of the texture compression worsens the quality of the KYRO to the least extent among all 3D chips.

That is why the memory has a good overclocking potential, but it is, unfortunately, limited by the chip’s speed. We have already written that the peculiarities of the architecture of this chip doesn’t allow for lifting the frequency.

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But this technology is just earlier and, therefore, slower in a realization frequency. It is similar to the Blue Orb from ThermalTake, but the heat sink has a completely different configuration.

Conclusion I must only add to the words said above that activation of the S3TC in the Direct3D doesn’t practically worsen the quality the most of errors are corrected in the latest versions of the drivers. The bit color has brought nearly the victory to the KYRO!

After that they write letters with suggestions to test the KYRO cards again. On the one hand, it is pleasant that the debugging process is so fast, but, on the other hand, how dare they release products with raw software? On the whole, the KYRO products are rather good.


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. Strong performance fall when the trilinear and anisotropic filtering are enabled; Lack of anisotropic filtering in the OpenGL; Low quality of the anisotropy in the Direct3D. Why do the drivers pass a debugging process only for several popular games? Quake 3 tells the same story: Installation and drivers Test system configuration: The KYRO based cards cost today even less than the GeForce2 MX, that is why the only obstacle in the way of popularization of these cards is a small number of companies which are producing them.

Surprisingly enough, in 3D Markthe Kyro 1 and 2 aren’t very far apart. That’s because these are budget cards we’re talking about.

Giants utilizes Direct X 8 and Hardware TL capabilities of video cards, and while it should generally favor cards herculles these features, this is not always the case:. In bit color the situation is similar to the previous test. The card doesn’t follow the reference design from Imagination Technologies. Switching out a couple of different drivers, I eventually settled on 7.