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Hercules 3D Prophet III

MONTREAL, February 27th, 2001 - Hercules is proud to unveil today a major milestone for hardcore gamers - the release of 3D Prophet III. This latest graphic card from Hercules offers the most powerful and most fully featured graphics processor - NVIDIA's GeForce3(tm). Hercules uses its expertise to push the new chipset architecture to its highest level. This new performance monster gives the most demanding gamers the opportunity to take advantage of professional graphics rendering.

A reference for new API and game enhancements

"3D Prophet III illustrates Hercules' strategy of always offering the best technology to match gamers expectations. By choosing NVIDIA's new generation GeForce3 for our high-end card, we want to offer hardcore gamers the reference processor for new API and game enhancements," says Claude Guillemot, President of Hercules. "Our 3D Prophet III is a state of the art fragging device with the first fully programmable GPU providing full hardware optimization for new interactive environments and highly complex 3D animations."

Optimal fluidity of photo-realistic 3D characters and graphics-heavy scenes

3D Prophet III's tremendous performance levels result from combining the most advanced GPU architecture with the strongest chipset and Lightspeed Memory Architecture(tm), based on 64MB DDR RAM operating at 460MHz. 800 Billion operations per second generate blazingly fast frame rates during game play, particularly in the highest resolutions. 3D Prophet III's highly innovative programmable nFinite-FX(tm) Vertex and Pixel Shading engine support DirectX8's new generation of real-time animated texturing and geometric effects hardware. GeForce3's new features enable special effects to be processed in hardware by the GPU, offering an unprecedented boost in rendering quality and 3D frame rate, fully accelerating OpenGL 1.2 and DirectX8. 3D models and 3D environments have never been more crisp, vibrant and highly detailed in real-time gaming, allowing such highly complex geometry as reflective bump mapped objects, natural character skinning and new advanced transform and lighting features to truly come to life.

Hercules superior design

Hercules optimized the board design to push its performance ahead of existing solutions, and improved the stability of its product by incorporating a customized cooling solution. Through Hercules 3D Tweaker 2.0 application, gamers can tweak the graphic card's settings according to their needs for frenzied gaming sessions. 3D Prophet III also offers users the opportunity to experience DVD movies on their PC and TV with PowerDVD(tm)3.0, providing them with silky smooth DVD playback on NTSC and Pal TV sets from 640X480 to 1024x768 (HDTV-like) resolutions, enhanced by the GPU's motion compensation engine. 3D Prophet III's DVI is able to output to digital flat panel monitors up to resolutions of 1600x1200.

Price and availability

3D Prophet III will be available in March for $529.99 (USD).

About Hercules

Founded in 1982 in the U.S., Hercules developed the industry's first high-resolution graphics board for personal computers. From its roots establishing the monochrome graphics standard, Hercules proceeded to pioneer advances in color graphics solutions. In November 1999, Hercules was purchased by Guillemot Corporation, and the entire video and multimedia ranges are now under the Hercules brand. Guillemot Corporation develops, manufactures and distributes PC and console hardware and accessories, providing high-quality products for gamers and music enthusiasts worldwide under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brands. Guillemot Corporation is also proud to include officially licensed Ferrari, NASCAR, Top Gun and US Air Force products as part of its accessories line. Guillemot Corporation is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Sicovam code 6672, and is currently present in 14 countries, distributing its products in a total of 45 countries.

Media Contact:

Shauna Hardy, Public Relations Manager, (514) 490-2076, shardy@guillemot.com

© Guillemot Corporation 2001. 3D Prophet(tm) and Hercules® are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Guillemot Corporation. All rights reserved. The NVIDIA name, the NVIDIA logo, the GeForce3 name, and the GeForce3 logo, the nFinite-FX(tm) and the Lightspeed Memory Architecture(tm) names are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective proprietors. Photos not binding. Contents, designs and specifications are subject to change without prior notice and may vary in different countries. Any relation to religious issues is completely unintentional. Hercules does not bear responsibility for any interpretations.

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