S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome 540 GTX

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome 540 GTX

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX:
The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI unite on the Chrome 540 GTX to offer the ultimate in affordable HD playback

S3 Graphics announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX. Today's users can convert an ordinary PC into a Hi-Def entertainment powerhouse for Dual-Stream Blu-ray and HD videos, using the newly defined DisplayPort digital interface, HDMI, and Dual-Link DVI for seamless connectivity to the latest digital monitors and HDTVs.
 
S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTXToday's multimedia enthusiasts require extra GPU horsepower to perform high-quality HD video decoding, image post-processing, and stunning color enhancement when displaying the latest HD content on Blu-ray or streaming video-on-demand. With the Chrome 540 GTX, you now have the power to bring every movie experience to life, and enjoy bonus footage through Picture-in-Picture, all while enjoying 8 channels of high fidelity audio with the S3 Graphics built-in Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor.
 
DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 applications on Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms can be effectively run using the Chrome 540 GTX programmable shader cores to speed up 3D games, non-gaming rendering applications, and other visual processing functions using the built-in GPGPU engine.
 
Add-in cards featuring the Chrome 540 GTX, bundled free with WinDVD8 for Blu-ray playback, are now available on S3 Graphics
GStore online retail outlet.
 
"S3 Graphics has continued to introduce new visualization technologies to the market by adding another feature-rich product to our growing portfolio of key graphics and display processors," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "Our new Chrome 540 GTX card brings features usually found only in enthusiast grade products to mainstream users, making the latest innovative technologies available to all."
 
Hi-Def Like Never Before
The S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX gives multimedia users the perfect balance of DirectX 10.1 / OpenGL 3.0 graphics performance, high-quality Picture-in-Picture Blu-ray playback, and a high-speed, high-throughput 64-bit GDDR3 memory bus interface running at 850MHz. Display connections use the latest VESA DisplayPort standard, HDMI, dual-link DVI-I, and an S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTXoptional CRT interface using a DVI-to-CRT dongle for the latest high resolution display support.
 
The Chrome 540 GTX incorporates a high performance ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor unit (VPU), advanced filtering, and clear-image post-processing to perform ultra smooth decoding of MPEG-4/AVC (H.264), MPEG-2, and VC-1 for Blu-ray and HD video. To further enhance operation for home theatre and CE applications that demand cool-and-quiet operation, the Chrome 540 GTX features PowerWise technology for Green Computing to "Reduce the Heat" without compromising performance, features, or quality.     
     
More information on the S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX may be found on the S3 Graphics website at:
http://www.s3graphics.com/en/products/desktop/chrome_540gtx/index.jsp.

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Glad to see S3 still in the race, though lagging behind. Looks like a ok HDTV solution, though the price is a bit high. Wonder if they cut some of that extra PCB maybe they could save a few bucks.

 

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Heheh... the same thing caught my eye when I first looked at the pic too.

It looks like they could move some stuff around (get rid of the big S3 logo) and make these on triangle half-boards like some of the win-modems I've seen.

It would be interesting to see some benchmarks.

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3vi1:
It would be interesting to see some benchmarks.

 

 

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Your (potentially made up, you kidder Bob) diagrams intrigue me! Where did you get those numbers, and where might we see them for actual games (Because, you know, 3DMark demos are made by the same guys that write the MS example code).

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3vi1:

Your (potentially made up, you kidder Bob) diagrams intrigue me! Where did you get those numbers, and where might we see them for actual games (Because, you know, 3DMark demos are made by the same guys that write the MS example code).

Kinda just pulled them out of my ***.

http://forums.s3chromezone.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=36&p=2859

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At first I thought Nvid care out with a new card....lol

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Anyone know what kind of benchmarks would this put up in games? On S3's website they claim it accelerates 3D games, but just looking at the card's picture with it's rather small fan makes me wonder how well it does it. I suppose this card's main function is in a htpc??? That said, it definitely would be great if another company had some real competition with ATI and nVidia.

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Third GPU manufacturer would be good for our wallets.

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Ha... I didn't even know S3 still existed.

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>>Anyone know what kind of benchmarks would this put up in games?

Looks to have gaming potential roughly equivalent to that of an ATI HD4350. Not much, IOW. This card was clearly not designed to have gaming as its primary use. It seems to be designed to handle Aero and video playback, which is all a lot of people need. I would guess that it'll be fairly inexpensive and not draw much power.

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This is the response I got from S3 in terms of the grpahic solution I'm looking for:

Charlie 007: "Is the Chrome 540 GTX able to handle two 22" HD monitors thru DVI ports at full HD resolution? I do not play games, just MS office apps and web surging. I'm looking for a graphic solution on this matter."

S3 Tech Support: "You can use two 24” 1920x1200 DVI displays with extended desktop and playing three videos YouTube, Hulu and MSN news reports at the same time."

Would tech support be right? What you guys think?

Charlie 007

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