S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S.

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 20 2008 1:13 PM

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. Market

Chrome 430 GT desktop graphics cards now available through GStore, delivering DirectX 10.1 3D performance and stunning HD multimedia for under $60

    

Fremont, California, March 20, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and visualization technologies, today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT desktop cards, now available at online retail affiliate GStore.

The first of the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series to market, the Chrome 430 GT combines advanced 3D graphics and incredible HD multimedia performance with extreme power-efficiency and rigidly low thermal specifications, breaking new ground in the highly competitive graphics industry. Based on the low profile PCI Express® Gen 2 graphics card specification, the Chrome 430 GT is ideally suited for small form factor PC designs and energy-conscious PC users who wish to upgrade their PC to provide incredible HD playback and the latest DirectX10.1 graphics engine.

The S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT outperforms the current market leader in its class by over 20%(1) in 3D benchmarks and rendered frames-per-second in the most popular DX10 and DX9 games.

Using proven low power 65nm process technology from Fujitsu, the Chrome 430 GT remains power efficient with low thermal emissions when rendering Microsoft DirectX10.1/OpenGL 2.1 graphics applications or providing users with true Hi-Def 1080p Blu-ray entertainment.

"S3 Graphics has once again delivered an outstanding product, leveraging our graphics, video, and power savings core competencies," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "The feature-rich Chrome 430 GT challenges the current discrete graphics landscape, bringing new functionalities previously seen only on high end desktops, bringing new meaning to the terms 'affordable gaming' and 'home entertainment'."

New Frontiers in Hi-Def Performance
The S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT gives users the perfect balance of leading DirectX 10.1 3D performance, high-quality Blu-ray™ playback, and advanced bus and display connectivity in a 64-bit DDR2 configuration. Display connections allow dual-link DVI (DVI-D/DVI-I), VGA, and 1080p widescreen HDTV support.

The Chrome 430 GT also utilizes the ChromotionHD 2.0 scalable video engine to perform smooth decoding of MPEG-4/AVC (H.264), MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS video for Blu-ray and HD content for theatre-like viewing entertainment. To further enhance operation for home theatre applications that demand cool-and-quiet operation, the Chrome 430 GT features PowerWise™ technology for a power smart design to minimize heat dissipation without compromising performance or features.

S3 Graphics Chrome 430GT Pricing and Availability
The S3 Graphics Chrome 430GT is priced at $59 and is currently available online from GStore, S3 Graphics' retail affiliate.  And m
ore information on the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series may be found on the S3 Graphics website.

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Looks like a very viable low cost option for either an HTPC or basic system.

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Hell yeah.  If you just need something basic that can do High Definition, go for it.  Help support the third party candidate. 

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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 20 2008 9:08 PM

dont know if it would be good for games 

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replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 3:36 PM

you can be sure of that!

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ice_73 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 6:54 PM
dx 10.1 sounds good, but support would suck, and speed would suck.

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Yeah, both this and the Radeon 3400 family having DX 10.1 is completely useless.  No way could they handle anything that uses it.  It's just an advertising gimmick. 

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frg1 replied on Sun, Mar 23 2008 5:17 PM

also what really uses dx 10.1 yet anyways 

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S3 always launch these kinds of cards.I really do not know who could buy them,considering that they deliver such low performance 

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frg1 replied on Mon, Mar 24 2008 10:20 PM

 i dont remeber seeing anybody selling these so i guess form the fact there not nvidia or ati and nobody sells them makes them not that good

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replied on Thu, Mar 27 2008 5:18 PM
They had a card back in the day that was equal to nvidia's and 3dfx and that was the savage pro. I used it a long time and it worked great. What I would like to see however is intel to do away with their pos integrated graphics and implement something like this that can at least play some games and maybe push pc gaming to a wider audience.
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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 27 2008 5:25 PM

it seems like if it had any promise now it would have been bought out by nvidia or ati 

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they are not competing with nvidia or ati these are low end cards for low end systems.. Its not supposed to be a 8800 killer.
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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 27 2008 9:36 PM

im not saying thier competing im just saying look at aegia they got bought out by nvidia and they wearnt really competing with them it just seems like one of them would have bought them out  by now

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Well, AMD is in no position, and I don't think Nvida or Intel sees them as a threat, so no need to gobble them up.  Unless they come out with a 9800GX2 killer anytime soon. 

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