Diamond Multimedia Stealth S100 and S110

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Specifications / Bundle of the S110 and Drivers

 

The bundle for the S110 is exactly the same as the S100's, with the obvious difference being the different card.  One driver CD, one copy of Spy Hunter, one S-Video cable, a small pile of paperwork and the 7 day trial of NITRO5x were all there...

Specifications & Features of the Diamond Stealth S110
Another Four Banger, But With A Bit of Nitro...
GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY
  • Radeon 9200 Visual Processing Unit (VPU)
  • Core Clock Speed 250MHz

MEMORY CONFIGURATION

  • 256MB of DDR RAM
  • 189MHz DDR
  • 64-bit Memory Interface

FEATURES

CHARISMA ENGINE™ II

  • Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1.1 billion pixels per second
  • High performance 2nd generation hardware transform & lighting engine
  • Advanced vertex shader support for the latest programmable effects

SMARTSHADER TECHNOLOGY

  • Full support for DirectX ? 8.1 programmable pixel and vertex shaders in hardware
  • 1.4 pixel shaders support up to 22 instructions and up to 6 textures per rendering pass
  • Pixel shaders up to 160 instructions with 128-bit floating point precision
  • 1.1 vertex shaders support vertex programs up to 128 instructions
  • Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL ? via extensions
  • Programmable shaders provide enhanced 3D effects in over 100 existing and upcoming game titles

SMOOTHVISION 2.1

  • Image quality enhancement features for Direct3D™ and OpenGL ? applications
  • Programmable full-scene anti-aliasing supports 2 to 6 samples with user selectable performance and quality modes
  • Advanced anisotropic filtering supports 2 to 16 samples for high quality texture rendering with minimal performance impact

HYPER Z III+

  • Lossless Z-Buffer Compression and Fast Z-Buffer Clear reduce memory bandwidth by up to 25%

VIDEO FEATURES

  • FULLSTREAM™ Hardware accelerated de-blocking of Internet video streams
  • VIDEO IMMERSION™ II delivers industry-leading DVD playback
  • Integrated MPEG-2 decode including iDCT and motion compensation for top quality DVD with lowest CPU usage
  • Unique Adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing feature combines the best elements of the "bob" and "add-field" (weave) techniques
  • YUV to RGB color space conversion
  • Back-end scaler delivers top quality playback
  • 4-tap horizontal and vertical filtering
  • Upscaling and downscaling
  • Filtered display of images up to 1920 pixels wide
  • Hardware mirroring for flipping video images in video conferencing systems
  • Supports 8-bit alpha blending and video keying for effective overlay of video and graphics

VIDEOSHADER

  •  Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video
  • FULLSTREAM™ video de-blocking technology
  • Noise removal filtering for captured video

DISPLAY FEATURES

  • Dual integrated display controllers to drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
  • HYDRAVISION™ software provides complete control over multi-display configurations with a user-friendly interface
  • 400MHz Dual integrated DACs with 10-bit per channel palette
  • Integrated DVI-compliant 165MHz TMDS transmitter
  • Integrated TV-Out support up to 1024x768 resolution

GENERAL FEATURES

  • Comprehensive 4X and 8X AGP support
  • Windows? Logo Program compliant
  • Optimized for Pentium ? 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon™ 3Dnow! processor instructions
  • Highly optimized 128-bit 2D engine with support for new Windows? XP GDI extensions

 

 

Core Clock

Pixel Pipes

File Rate

Memory Clock

Memory Bus

Memory Bandwidth

Stealth S110

250MHz

4 1.0MP/s 189MHz 128 6.4GB/s

 

The Stealth S110 is a fairly streamlined card which is constructed on a standard green PCB Board. Just as the S100, the S110 uses a passive cooling system to keep the 9200 VPU below the melting point. In this case, Diamond decided to stray away from the use of spring loaded clips and instead used thermal epoxy to attach the sink to the VPU.  Thus, we did not remove heatsink to expose the VPU. On the plus-side, the use of epoxy has eliminated the rocking issue that was present on the S100, but this has also presented a small inconvenience for those who wish to alter Diamonds cooling solution.  Although, we doubt anyone would be buying one of these cards with the intent to modify it.

Overall, the build quality of the S110 seemed on par to the S100. Even under close inspection we where unable to find any loose components or excess solder on the board. The inclusion of DVI, VGA and S-Video outputs, gives the user a multitude of connectivity options, which will ensure the Stealth suits all of their needs. Also, for those who live in Europe, Diamond has conveniently incorporated a single jumper to switch the S-Video output from NTSC to PAL (please refer to lower right picture). Unfortunately we did not have a means of testing this feature with a PAL television, but Diamond ensures us it works well.

The Driver: Catalyst 4.4
The "Key" To Success...

 

Display Selection Display Attributes Display Adjustments Display Advanced
SMARTGART Direct3D OpenGL VPU Recovery
Color Options Rotation Overlay

Bringing the features of both the S100 and S110 together and incorporating them into the OS is ATi's CATALYST Driver suite.  The recent release of v.4.4 resolved a multitude of issues with popular game titles (Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, MS Flight Simulator 2004, Far Cry, etc...) and various hiccups with desktop applications (Windows Media Player, etc...).  Though this build did not lend any increase in performance to the S100 and S110, it did resolve some possible abnormalities with some of our benchmark programs.  All in all, v.4.4, and v4.5 which was released while we were in the process of writing this review, will ultimately aid newer cards, such as the x800, which can take full advantage of DX 9.x.


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