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S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express Videocard Review

S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Quiet videocards always make the best options for a HTPC, and the S3 Chrome S27 videocard certainly gets a few marks on this front.
 78% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: S3 Graphics May 02 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: X3: Reunion

X3: Reunion

Source: EGOSOFT

Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic star ships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

X3: Reunion
1024x768: FPS Ranking
Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A 67.696
MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E 66.475
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 62.747
PowerColor X1600 XT 53.303
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE 61.785
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E 59.583
ATi Radeon X800 XL 54.417
PowerColor X700 Pro 38.536
MSI NX7900GTX-VT2D512E 69.586
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 67.324
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single) 66.454
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode) 66.143
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single) 62.075
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode) 61.863
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E 49.188
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single) 34.346
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode) 35.43
S3 Chrome S27 23.337
1600x1600: FPS Ranking
Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A 61.513
MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E 52.974
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 44.988
PowerColor X1600 XT 32.206
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE 42.917
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E 40.086
ATi Radeon X800 XL 35.439
PowerColor X700 Pro 20.934
MSI NX7900GTX-VT2D512E 62.775
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 52.856
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single) 50.571
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode) 50.422
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single) 44.063
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode) 43.924
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E 32.138
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single) 21.194
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode) 21.489
S3 Chrome S27 12.721

X3: Reunion framerates are low on the average, and the S3 Chrome S27 is certainly out gunned with resolutions dialed up to 1600x1200. To be fair, X3 is pretty hard even on high end graphics cards.

So now that we've seen all the benchmarks, where does this leave the Chrome S27 videocard?

Conclusions: S3 got Game?

The new S3 Chrome S27 is no GeForce 7900GTX, nor is it an ATI Radeon X1900 XTX. Rather it's designed to take on videocards that have retail prices in the two double digit ranges.

With a retail price of $91 CDN ($80 USD, £44 GBP) the S3 Chrome S27 videocard is hardly expensive, and is a good fit for users who don't play games but want something with better image quality than an integrated solution will ever offer.

The small PCI Express x16 S3 Chrome S27 videocard is the perfect fit in smaller systems, and for users seeking out an inexpensive videocard with support for Component output. Perhaps ina workstation, or even in a HTPC.

As we saw in the benchmarks, the S3 Chrome S27 videocard has potential within its class, and it did give the nVidia GeForce 6600GT a run for its money on a couple occassions. The S3 card was particularly strong in 3DMark05, Quake 4 and FarCry. It's encouraging to see how well the Chrome S27 videocard performed compared to S3's previous graphics cores.

S3 is definitely back with a concise offering, thanks in large part to VIA. Whether S3 will move on to more than just the entry level market remains to be seen, but its Chrome S27 graphics card is a step in the right direction. Faced with the choice of an Intel-based integrated graphics chipset or popping in a PCI-E videocard like the Chrome 27, the choice is obvious. For about a hundred dollars users will get better graphics that don't drag the rest of the system down, and component output. That is certainly a feature worth investing in if your needs have never involved gaming, fragging, or any of that lexicon. We won't look past the quite obvious point that there are certainly faster videocards on the market from both nVidia and ATI, but for what the S3 Chrome S27 offers, and what it is priced at, the card has a good budget value.

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Contents of Article: S3 Graphics Chrome S27
 Pg 1.  S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  S3 Chrome S27 GPU Details
 Pg 3.  Image Quality of the S3 Chrome S27
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: X3: Reunion

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