S3 Graphic's Chrome S27

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HH Test Bed and 3DMark05 Performance

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AMD Athlon 64 3700+
(2.2GHz) San Diego

VIA K8T900
(VIA K8T900 Chipset)

2x512MB PQI3200-1024DBU
CL 2-2-2-5

S3 Chrome S27
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 128MB
NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT 128MB

On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

Western Digital 80GB Hard Drive
7200 RPM IDE

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce 4 Drivers v81.95
S3 Driver v6.14.10
DirectX 9.0c

Performance Comparisons with 3DMark05 v1.2.0
Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/

3DMark05 is the latest installment in a long line of synthetic 3D graphics benchmarks, dating back to late 1998. 3DMark05 is a synthetic benchmark that requires a DirectX 9.0 compliant video card, with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher, to render all of the various modules that comprise the suite. To generate its final "score", 3DMark05 runs three different simulated game tests and uses each test's framerate in the final tabulation. Fillrate, Memory bandwidth, and compute performance especially all have a measurable impact on performance in this benchmark. We ran 3DMark05's default test (1,024 x 768) on all of the cards and configurations we tested, and have the overall results posted for you below.


S3 feels the closest comparison to the Chrome S27 is the GeForce 6600.  This appears to be solely based on price, however.  We did include performance comparison with a GeForce 6600, which runs at significantly lower clocks than the Chrome S27, as well as the GeForce 6600GT which can cost approximately $20 more and has a core speed 200MHz slower than the Chrome S27.  In our first test, 3DMark05 has the Chrome S27 pounding the GeForce 6600 by over 1150 3DMarks.  The GeForce 6600GT, however, regained the top spot, beating the Chrome S27 by 239 3DMarks.

Tags:  S3, Chrome, s2, Graphic, rom, 27, AP

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