These are the contents of the package: General Definitely, the biggest flaw of this card is the lacklustre performance of the S3 Savage4 Pro chipset. Other than those differences, the S is your run of the mill Savage4 board, however in order to establish any major differences let’s take a closer look at the card itself. Later on, an up and coming company named NVIDIA also joined the bunch, providing Diamond with a killer lineup of high performance 3D accelerators that were tailored to fit the needs of virtually every unique user. I’m sure many BH6 owners would also gripe about this, definitely more so for us testers.
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The memory sealth being used is the Mira 7ns type. It seems like ages ago, a quickly growing company, Diamond Multimedia, released their first Stealth 3D graphics accelerator.
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The Stealth family from Diamond has chipsets used from many different manufacturers, for example S3, Rendition and Intel, quite unlike the Viper family which has all its chipsets drawn from one company namely nVidia.
Unfortunately, the transition from this mock-up 3D accelerator market to the powerful 3D industry of today was ill made by S3, and the company faded into the shadows not to be heard from for quite some time.
Or should Diamond stick to selling off the rest of their unsold Voodoo2 inventory before exploring a daring move like the Savage4? Definitely not a buy for 3D intensive gamers! Also, the Stealth III S was launched on the very day that Diamond lauched its Viper V based on nVidia’s Riva TNT2 as well, however the difference in the pricing of the V and the S is about or so dollars, thereby making the S a bit more attractive than its more diaomnd counterparts.
At the bottom of the card, near the AGP interface are 3 jumpers. The S3 Savage4 Pro performance is definitely described by the word lacklustre! Diamond Multimedia, a company reknown for its multimedia products has a new addition to its Stealth family.
Despite that, the loading time of games like NFS3 and Half-Life is very fast and during gameplay the S feels smooth and no freezes whatsoever! I guess this feature was meant for convenience, but since fiamond all are so used to clicking the Start button, won’t it become redundant?
As mentioned earlier, I tried to overclock the card but PowerStrip refused to let me try speeds above Quake 3 Arena Test xx32 Page Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. However, the performance is also very different Descent 3 xx16 OpenGL Page The Installation, Driver features and Programs. The default Diamond applications started up together with the system and the most annoying thing about it is whenever you left click on a blank portion of the desktop, the Windows 98 Start Menu pops up.
In any case the default refresh rate for the S is Right clicking on any part of the desktop brings up Diamond’s own menu, an eyesore really, considering the pause in between the menu loading, compared to the generic Windows 98! The next most important thing that the S lacks would be a TV-Out function.
Quake 3 Arena Test xx16 Page This time around, armed with the Savage4, and stepping in right as Diamond’s former companion, 3dfx, stepped out, S3 is ready to make amends and get their name back into the eyes of the public. Expendable Demo xx32 Page 9: Measured in Reality Marks Benchmark Comments. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. How much does the 41MHz increase to the Savage4 core clock and the additional 23MHz frequency in the memory clock affect performance?
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Within the huge S box, lies a packet, containing the manuals and the card wrapped in an electrostatic bag divided into 2 levels. MS DirectX Version 6. TV-Out No TV-Out is minor issue to most users, however it matters if you are an avid gamer and buy things like wireless keyboards and invest heavily on a nice flat TV!
Final Reality has quite a nice set of screenshots during testing, unfortunately, telling the image quality between the RIVA TNT chipset against the S is very much like telling the difference between the two ants crawling across my table right now! Descent 3 xx16 OpenGL.