Hercules is continuing its very successful 3D Prophet series. Like Gainward, Hercules tries to set itself and its products apart from the competition. The brand name alone inspires trust in many prospective buyers. Hercules' chosen champions in this review are the new Titanium Ti200, and the Ti500 versions of the 3D Prophet III series. Little is known about different card layouts or feature sets, but there have been reports of early Ti500 boards still based on the old six-layer PCB. Our Ti500 review sample was an eight-layer model, though.
Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti500
The models and their features:
|Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti200||GeForce3 Ti200: 175 MHz
64 MB, 4 ns, 400 MHz
|Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti500||GeForce3 Ti500: 240 MHz
64 MB, 3,8 ns, 500 MHz
At first glance, the new models bear a strong likeness to the "old" 3D Prophet III: blue PCB, the same large memory heatsinks, and the blue orb chip cooler. Upon closer inspection, the changes become more apparent. Aside from the different memory speeds (3,8ns and 4ns, respectively) and the new GPUs, variations in the board layout are also evident. The Ti200 is slightly longer and uses other components for its simplified power supply. The Ti500 also sports a DVI monitor connector. Both cards use Conexant's CX25871-13 TV-Out chip, which allows a maximum TV-Out resolution of 1024x768.
Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti200
Hercules proves rather stingy when it comes to software. Aside from NVIDIA's reference driver (with the Hercules logo), the software bundle only includes an overclocking tool and the software DVD player PowerDVD 3.0. Other companies are much more generous in this respect.
- Overview Of The Titanium Series
- The Lineup: 21 Titanium Boards
- Ignoring The Speed Limit
- Neighborhood Watch: How To Spot A GeForce3
- Video Capture: Short Clips, If You Please
- 3D Shutter Glasses
- ASUS (Deluxe Models)
- The Cards
- Gainward - Fabulous Memory
- Gigabyte - So Blue
- Hercules - The Mythical Hero
- Leadtek - Elegant And Cool
- MSI - Color Coded Cards
- Prolink PixelView - Solid Card, No Software
- PNY - Black Is Back
- Suma - No TV For You!
- VisionTek -Xtasy By Numbers
- Test Setup
- The Detailed Benchmarks
- Max Payne
- Quake 3
- CPU Scaling
- Conclusion: GeForce3 For Gamers - TI For Enthusiasts