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3D Prophet 9800 Pro

by Thomas on April 15, 2003 @ 6:15 a.m. PDT

The graphics board for hardcore gamers bundled with a full version of Rainbow Six Raven Shield.. Hercules is delighted to announce the launch of 3D Prophet 9800 Pro, its new flagship graphics board based on ATI's latest and fastest chipset. 3D Prophet 9800 Pro is the most recent addition to Hercules's high-quality range of graphics boards, providing ultra-fast performance for the elite of the gaming community.

3D Prophet 9800 Pro

Based on the RADEONTM 9800 PRO - the fastest, most visually advanced 3D chipset on the planet - the ultra-powerful 3D Prophet 9800 Pro graphics board features a 256-bit DDR memory interface and 8-pixel pipeline engine for the ultimate in hardcore fragging, 128MB of DDR RAM, Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, OpenGL® hardware support, incredible core (380Mhz) and Ram (340Mhz DDR) clocks, advanced filtering technologies (Anisotropic Filtering up to X16 and Full Scene Anti-Aliasing up to 6x) for high-quality rendering without a compromise in framerates. As usual, Hercules has developed a set of customized features to exceed gamers' already high expectations. This technological wonder will definitively transform the gaming experience of demanding users, immersing them in a world of photorealism and visual amazement.

Key selling points and benefits:


The ultimate fragging device for extremely high framerates in 3D games: the fastest 3D engine on earth with 380MHz core and 340 MHz DDR RAM frequencies

Future-proof 3D architecture: Microsoft's DirectX 9 platform for increased speed in future games

AGP 8X/4X/2: the highest standard available

Hercules' know-how in innovative design

Copper cooling system: high thermal conductivity for optimized clocks settings.

Heatsinks on the RAM, on the back of the VPU (Visual Processing Unit) and even on voltage controllers to stabilize the design even at high clock speeds

Silent cooling fan (< 28 dB) and very trendy look (blue LED)

Full game included: Rainbow Six Raven Shield

"More potent and faster than ever, 3D Prophet 9800 Pro sets the new standard for a first-rate gaming experience," says Philippe Pecheu, 3D Graphics Product Manager at Hercules. "True to our philosophy, Hercules has designed the most powerful gaming engine ever and demanding users will not be disappointed. Regarding the blue LED we have implemented in the copper cooling system, we decided to add it because we have observed that PCs are increasingly becoming customized objects that users are proud of and want to show off. This board is the best in terms of quality and performance, and this unique feature makes it even more desirable."

Main features:

Ultimate fragging device: when framerates make all the difference:


RADEONTM 9800 PRO, the benchmark technology for First Person Shooters

8 pixel-pipeline architecture for increased rendering power

128MB DDR memory to boost the latest games with tons of textures

High-quality onboard 256-bit DDR RAM interface: no bottlenecks, faster framerates. HyperZTMIII+ intelligent memory bandwidth optimization technology

AGP 8X / 4X / 2X support for maximum performance with the latest motherboards

Incredible benchmarking scores

Step into the future: full hardware support of Microsoft's DirectX®9 features:


Full DirectX® 9 & OpenGL® hardware accelerator. Movie-quality 3D images provided by ATI's latest 3D technology innovations: SMARTSHADERTM 2.1: Programmable Pixel Shaders 2.0 & Vertex Shaders 2.0

TRUFORMTM 2.0 and DX9 Displacement Mapping

SMOOTHVISIONTM 2.1: hardware engine for 2X/4X/6X FSAA (Full Scene Anti-Aliasing) mode and advanced anisotropic filtering - no more jagged edges or speed compromise

Advanced range of video & multimedia features:


High-quality TV display on CRT and flat panel monitors

VIDEOSHADERTM engine: fluid playback of DVD movies on TV set or CRT and flat panel monitors

FULLSTREAMTM technology for improved Internet streaming

Dual display on VGA, DVI or TV-Out (HYDRAVISIONTM)

Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs, maximum resolution of 2048x1536 @ 85Hz

Full range of innovative hardware features:


Copper cooling system: one of the best heat-conducting materials for improved stability and optimized clocks settings.

Complete set of heatsinks: on the RAM, on the back of the VPU (Visual Processing Unit) and on voltage controllers to stabilize the design even at high clock speeds

Silent cooling fan (< 28 dB) to avoid parasite noises

Very trendy look with blue LED included in the copper cooling fan

Availability:

Mass delivery: From end April

Price: EUR549.90 (including VAT)

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