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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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Image Quality of the S3 Chrome S27

Here we will inspect the image quality of the S3 Chrome S27 videocard by looking at a couple of screenshots from 3DMark05 at 1024x768 resolution. Click on each image to open up an animated gif and as the animation scrolls through, look closely at each image to spot the slight differences between various AA/AF levels as demonstrated by the S3 Chrome S27 GPU.

Click on each image to see the full size image quality comparisons.

S3 Chrome S27 IQ with 4xAA, 16x AF and 4x AA/16x AF.

The S3 Chrome S27's utilizes DirectX 9 with Pixel Shader 2.0 and Shader Model 2.0 which gives image quality on par with ATi X800 class videocards and nVIDIA GeForce FX series videocards. The image quality isn't necessarily cutting edge, but for the value that this card offers, it's quite good.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the S3 Chrome S27 videocard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Chrome S27 videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: S3 Chrome S27

MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
PowerColor X1600 XT
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
MSI RX850XT-TD256E
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single Mode)
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
MSI NX6800-TD128E (Single)
MSI NX6800-TD128E (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)

Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 81.95
ATI Catalyst 6.3

Benchmarks:

3DMark05
3DMark06
AquaMark3
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
FEAR
Quake 4
X3: Reunion

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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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