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Source: http://megagames.com/news/show.cgi?&...ware&list=467&





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S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT desktop cards.

The first of the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series to market, the Chrome 430 GT combines advanced 3D graphics and HD multimedia performance with extreme power-efficiency and rigidly low thermal specifications.

Based on the low profile PCI Express Gen 2 graphics card specification, the Chrome 430 GT is suited for small form factor PC designs and energy-conscious PC users who wish to upgrade their PC to provide incredible HD playback and the latest DirectX 10.1 graphics engine.

The S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT outperforms ATI's Radeon HD 3450 and Nvidia's GeForce 8400 GS by over 20% in 3D benchmarks and rendered frames-per-second in the most popular DX10 and DX9 games.

Using proven low power 65nm process technology from Fujitsu, the Chrome 430 GT remains power efficient with low thermal emissions when rendering Microsoft DirectX 10.1/OpenGL 2.1 graphics applications or providing users with true Hi-Def 1080p Blu-ray entertainment.

"S3 Graphics has once again delivered an outstanding product, leveraging our graphics, video, and power savings core competencies," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "The feature-rich Chrome 430 GT challenges the current discrete graphics landscape, bringing new functionalities previously seen only on high end desktops, bringing new meaning to the terms 'affordable gaming' and 'home entertainment'."

The S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT Display connections allow dual-link DVI (DVI-D/DVI-I), VGA, and 1080p widescreen HDTV support.

The Chrome 430 GT also utilizes the ChromotionHD 2.0 scalable video engine to perform smooth decoding of MPEG-4/AVC (H.264), MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS video for Blu-ray and HD content. To further enhance operation for home theatre applications that demand cool-and-quiet operation, the Chrome 430 GT features PowerWise technology for a power smart design to minimize heat dissipation without compromising performance or features.

The S3 Graphics Chrome 430GT is priced at $59 and is currently available online from GStore, S3 Graphics' retail affiliate: https://s3gstore.s3graphics.com/

Hm ... may not seem like much to us enthusiasts, but for someone like S3 to release a card that goes toe-to-toe with similarly priced or more expensive ATi or Nvidia alternatives is pretty impressive! Maybe we will see some competition in the low-end. That's just as important if not more important that the competition in the high-end, these cheap OEM cards are where the money really is. They can keep a company alive.
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only needs to be 10x faster now...
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nice sounds like a really good card for the average joe computer for cheappppp
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only needs to be 10x faster now...
For us. But it is the first low-end card to support DX10.1, and is low-powered, and is cheaper than a lot of competing Nvidia and ATi cards. Dell could buy a few thousand of these for low-end XPS's or higher-end inspirons. (though, those are ruled by the latest cheap-gaming-pc fad, SLI'd 8500GTs) This cheap niche of the gpu market (5-50$) represents a huge chunk of, if not most, of ATi and Nvidia's market base. This is important in the long run, because they are shaking up the market. All we care about is who has the fastest flagship, and it seems like that is the world to us. But in truth, these OEM cards are where the fight really is.

A low powered cool but relatively powerful card like this is very ideal to top off a fast non-gaming or light-gaming machine for cheap, as an upgrade to onboard. I personally doubt this card would have any problems playing a source game, or a doom3 engine game, or the like. And it's CHEAP, and cool, and quiet.

I think I would pick this card if I were building a HTPC today.
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looks like an 8400gs lol, pretty competitively priced, but I'm not sure that anyone would buy this for gaming in mind anyway.
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I think I would pick this card if I were building a HTPC today.
Same, as much as I love their higher end offerings, I just wouldn't be able to buy a low end ATI card, and the 8400GS is only DX10 (I know, big difference eh? but still).
    
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I want to see them bring some big money to the table. Think of the prices we could get if there were three gfx card producers.
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I want to see them bring some big money to the table. Think of the prices we could get if there were three gfx card producers.
And this is where to really start doing that. We may be witnessing a major even here, if S3 really digs into the low-end market and gets their foot in the door, maybe they will take their experience in low-powered, efficient solutions and make a higher-end, competively priced card. However, they could also just ignore the enthusiast market and undercut Nvidia and ATi where it really hurts, in the cheap OEM market.

The 8800GT may be 240 dollars, but for every 1 of them Nvidia makes, they make 2000000000000000 8400GS's. And what happens if they can't sell the 8400GS's anymore because someone brought something new to the table?
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hmmmmm it's like 1/10th of the size too . .
 
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I want to see them bring some big money to the table. Think of the prices we could get if there were three gfx card producers.
Imagine it... Intel gets in the game too. 4 GPU producers vying for my hard-earned dollars...It's so beautiful!

You know, if they made this in AGP, that would be sweet. I've got a radeon 7000 that needs replacing in one of my old PC's.
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