Starts With a Whimper; Hits The Market With a Bang
Who would have thought that NVIDIA would have any major competition besides ATI? Coming out with the Kyro II graphics chip was a master stroke for
Kyro II's predecessor, the Kyro I chip, paved the way for the Kyro II last year. Kyro I, however, never managed to gain a foothold in the market. The chip clock rate of 115 MHz wasn't enough for the Kyro I to really get the ball rolling. The Kyro II has lived up to expectations. Despite the fact that our lab still hasn't received a final production card, the first benchmarks using a late beta driver have yielded astounding results, due to the design overhaul and the switch from a 0.25 to a 0.18 micron production process. The clock rate of the Kyro II has increased to 175MHz, putting it at a par with the GeForce2 MX. One of Kyro II's special technological features is its tile-based rendering (TBR) technology, which was developed by PowerVR. This tiling technique saves valuable bandwidth when rendering 3D scenes.