Graphics cards for serious gamers are about to become a lot more serious when Hercules releases two new additions to its popular 3D Prophet series. The 9000 and 9000 Pro series, which are to be released this month and September respectively, contain graphics accelerators based on Radeon 9000 and 9000 Pro processors. The processors feature technology designed by ATI for accelerating 3D images in lifelike virtual reality games. These cards mean faster games and realistic texturing effects such as adding water and lighting effects on the smallest of objects, such as fur, hair, or blades of grass, according to Hercules. The effects are also the result of the card's large texturing engine and Microsoft DirectX 8 hardware acceleration. The 3D Prophet 9000 series will have TV&DVI Out, full DirectX 8.1 hardware support in games and OpenGL 1.3, will be retailed at $429 for the 9000 Pro 128MB version, and at $329 for the 9000 128MB version, and are to be distributed by Guillemot Australia (02 8303 1818).www.hercules.com.