S3 Announces Graphics Chrome 400 Series - HotHardware
S3 Announces Graphics Chrome 400 Series

S3 Announces Graphics Chrome 400 Series

S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series Sets New Standards in Energy-Efficient HD Multimedia and DirectX 10.1 Gaming

The new S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series graphics processors bring the latest 3D graphics, Blu-ray and HD-DVD support to energy-efficient desktop and notebook platforms

Fremont,California, 15 February 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series discrete graphics processors, designed to provide the latest gaming experience for energy-efficient desktop systems and portable notebook PCs coupled with outstanding HD content playback at the highest performance-per-watt ratio ever.

Using proven low power 65nm process technology, S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series processors will support the latest Microsoft DirectX10.1 game engine and the PCI Express 2.0 bus technology, bringing superb performance and improved 3D gaming image and texture rendering in a remarkably power-efficient, low heat package.

Ultra thin and light notebooks and small form factor desktop PCs will now be able to take full advantage of the latest graphics with a discrete DirectX 10.1 capable graphics solution. These products, requiring extreme power-efficiency and rigidly low thermal specifications, will now be able to boast full HD video support and the latest in display connectivity.

Using the breakthrough ChromotionHD 2.0 fully programmable video architecture for true HD quality 1080p playback for Blu-ray and HD-DVD content, the Chrome 400 Series graphics processor will offer a state-of-the-art cinematic experience while remaining cool under the hood. The ChromotionHD engine will support the latest HD standards including H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS.

"S3 Graphics has developed a product that will deliver incredible, high quality 1080p HD playback for Home Media Centers, Desktop PCs and Ultra Thin and Light Notebook PCs without creating the unwanted noise and heat often associated with high performance components," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM of S3 Graphics. "The feature-rich capabilities in the Chrome 400 Series will provide the end-user with a broad spectrum of new visual capabilities in a leading performance-per-watt product."

The first GPUs of the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series will be available in late February 2008.

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This one is definitely interesting, but with such a small bit interface (64 bit if I remember correctly?), not sure about performance. It's sad to see S3 beat Nvidia to Direct X 10.1 though Stick out tongue. Nice to see some alternate solutions, a while back I checked up on their last architecture, wasn't great benchmark wise, but still a nice alternative. I'll have to wait and see the benchmarks on these ^_^..It'd be nice to see some more competition although I'd doubt they'd get anywhere as large in the market as ATI/Nvidia. We'll also have to see how Larabee turns out, ray tracing ftw! ^_^.

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