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Chrome 430 GT...uuhhhh yeah!!

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March 3, 2008 9:14:12 PM

Chrome 430 is going to take over the world. Ok, maybe not but nice job S3



https://s3gstore.s3graphics.com/

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a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2008 9:23:56 PM

Dont let Ape see this, we will NEVER live it down heheh
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March 3, 2008 9:38:32 PM

I'm gonna start saving now... hopefully be chromed up for christmas
a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2008 10:02:58 PM

^ Priceless.
March 3, 2008 10:55:50 PM

We all gotta make a living. As long as it's competitive with cards in its price range, why wouldn't it be considered a success? If they did start making a move (in terms of volume) against Nvidia/AMD in any segment of the market, I imagine either company would drop the hammer on 'em and that would be that. I had a Toshiba laptop in 2002 that had an S3 video subsystem and it was a step up from the Intel offerings at the time. The S3 911 was a rather awesome product back in the day... if you needed an accelerator in 1990. I bought an S3 801 to replace a crappy Cirrus Logic 2D card my system came with... there weren't any real Windows games at that point so I didn't benefit, but hey... it worked... and man did Solitaire move those cards fast when you won.
March 3, 2008 11:10:17 PM

Haha, did you get 60+ FPS in chess too? JK. If I was building an everyday rig, I would totally throw a chrome in there just to support the underdog players.

I am not making fun of it at all. I am glad to see S3 come out with something new that can grab some attention.
March 3, 2008 11:23:35 PM

I'm sure if I'd have used something like AutoCAD I'd have appreciated the card... but at the time I just had the urge to add something to my computer and I'm assuming that's what PC Magazine told me to buy. I was so impressionable at that age.
March 3, 2008 11:31:52 PM

listed as $59.95... seems decent.
March 4, 2008 12:56:01 AM

Weirdly enough, this card doesn't seem like a bad deal... But, I wonder how it really performs and if it has any compatability issues.
March 4, 2008 1:10:18 AM

What about the rest of the 400 series? Will there be mid-range cards?
March 4, 2008 1:10:38 AM

No dual GPU mode for these puppies
March 4, 2008 1:13:24 AM



NVidia and ATI better be on their toes.....
March 4, 2008 1:21:27 AM

Its out of stock on their site, that ought to tell you something. People are obviously buying them.
March 4, 2008 1:26:59 AM

Yeah I bought 4 for my quad-chrome system. JK, they aren't out yet in the US. That pic just came up tonight.
a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2008 10:13:28 PM

They're still looking for AIB partners for a spring launch. Right now it's still their reference engineering samples/design.

The 400 series will be the mid range, they will have higher ranges and low ranges (can't get too much lower but they will have them supposedly) coming out later.

Based on past numbers I suspect the higher range cards are going to be 600 series, and the low end either 300 (most likely) or 200.

Remember main thing for the chrome series is very light gaming and heavy HD video work. These will be mainly for OEMs wanting more than integrated has to offer. I suspect we'll see a few HPs, ACER, eMachines, and such with these. I don't suspect we'll see Dell at first as they usually wait on stuff like this unfortunately.

As unimpressive as the scores may be this is still the meatiest segment of the market the low-entry level multimedia/'gamer' cards (ie those who look to meet min system requirements for games) and if they get even 2-5% of sales they'd be making a ton more money than they, SIS, Matrox and Ageia's PhysX made last year combined.

I don't expect them to cause huge waves in the enthusiast community, but I sure am happy to see another player, I just wish it were Matrox though.
March 4, 2008 10:49:47 PM

*has to try and remember when the last time it was that S3 released a new 3d chipset* God wasn't that before they bought Diamond? Granted I haven't been paying too much attention to them since then, so I'm sure there have been a few more.

Maybe this will break the rep for bad performance that they had from the S3 Virge days.
a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2008 11:02:35 PM

dev1se said:
No dual GPU mode for these puppies


What makes you say that?

Their release specifically mention multi-chrome.
March 4, 2008 11:06:15 PM

I might have to stick one to each hub cap on my motor, the fan will make a great rudimentary spinners
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 12:35:27 AM

So how well dose the 430 rank up against the AMD 780G integrated?
March 5, 2008 1:50:13 AM

Well, according to the 780G review here, the IGP of the mobo seems to be Radeon 3200 series, and since the Radeon 3400 series is slightly more powerful than that the AMD 780G's IGP, then perhaps the Chrome 430 GT's performance is similar to a Radeon 3650?
March 5, 2008 2:11:28 AM

Thats not bad considering the price. It beats the 8400 and 3400 so I'd say we might see some competition if they go main and high end.
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 2:17:53 AM

I remember back in the day when they had the old savage chips. Hopefully they get back in and help drive down prices.
March 5, 2008 3:07:16 AM

dev1se said:
No dual GPU mode for these puppies

:bounce:  MultiChrome :bounce: 
March 5, 2008 3:41:50 AM

Can't wait for the ultraCrome X2 600. jk

Is it just me or will there be a flood of OEM HTPCs in the market soon?
March 5, 2008 4:39:05 AM

stridervm said:
then perhaps the Chrome 430 GT's performance is similar to a Radeon 3650?


I highly doubt that.
March 5, 2008 1:51:48 PM

I wonder how hard it would be for Chrome to scale this architecture up and make a decent performing card? It probably wouldn't make much business sense for them, but I would love some more competition.
March 5, 2008 3:06:51 PM

They're back?!

Rodney/Spinach - This is gonna make my old Battlechess machine rock!

um...has anybody seen my old battlechess computer? whitebox 386/DX20, 256MB,40GBIDE, 2xcdrom....should be around here somewhere.....

Edit

Found it, it was under the dustbunny pile in the corner - putting it back before they wake up and kill us all :ouch: 
March 5, 2008 5:01:29 PM

Beating a 8400GS doesnt say much lol!
March 5, 2008 5:42:47 PM

homerdog said:
I wonder how hard it would be for Chrome to scale this architecture up and make a decent performing card? It probably wouldn't make much business sense for them, but I would love some more competition.



That would be interesting to see since it is running on the 64-Bit interface. They are targeting HD playback more so than gaming though.
March 5, 2008 5:45:58 PM

The real question is : Will this become an integrated chipset? Frankly, its got the two 780's to compete with.
March 5, 2008 6:10:08 PM

Xazax310 said:
Beating a 8400GS doesnt say much lol!



Yeah, but in all seriousness, it is nice to see another competitor come into the market. Competition breeds innovation. Sure, it isn't much to say you can beat a 8400, but at the price point they list it is pretty good. Plus, who know where these could lead to. If Nvidia and ATI actually have to worry about these, they may be forced to make their "budget" cards a little better.
March 5, 2008 6:17:27 PM

And pushing up the budget specs means pushing up the high end specs to make buying high end worth the while
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 7:13:45 PM

SpinachEater said:
That would be interesting to see since it is running on the 64-Bit interface. They are targeting HD playback more so than gaming though.


Yeah this was their D2 product, considered their midrange and the D3 being the performance end. The D3 was to come out a quarter after the D2, so likely that's also been pushed back a bit. The problem IMO is by the time it comes out it may be giving us below HD3850-3650/GF9600-GF8600 performance and at that time be going against even newer competitors.

Here's the old roadmap from last year;
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/2650/6d1eqn8m1897nf2kp...

The only problem with the roadmap is that the D series products were supposed to be DX10.0 only, and the XE products DX10.1, so I wonder if they didn't decide to blend the generations due to delays.

Anywhoo, there was talk of a higher end product later, but I doubt it will be the Enthusiast segment versus something more mid-range. I see no benefit to VIA/S3 to compete with the R700 & G100/T200, and find it unlikely they'll even match an RV770 or even RV670/G92 once they finally arrive. Which is why I hope their DX10/10.1 implementation brings some novel efficiencies to the table just to make things more interesting.
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 7:47:13 PM

Nah. It didn't beat my 8400GS!
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 7:52:33 PM

Xazax310 said:
Beating a 8400GS doesnt say much lol!


Not everyone needs an 8800 GPU in their system. For $60, it looks like a great HTPC card. As TheGreatGrapeApe mentioned, I can see OEM's using this in the HTPC's such as HP's Media Center line.
March 5, 2008 9:10:36 PM

TheGreatGrapeApe said:
Yeah this was their D2 product, considered their midrange and the D3 being the performance end. The D3 was to come out a quarter after the D2, so likely that's also been pushed back a bit.


Wow...pushed back a bit? So this one was targeted for Q3 2007...AMD/ATI will be under a different name before E3 sees the light of day!
March 26, 2008 5:05:02 PM

at 60 dollars? I might just get 2 of dem bad boys nd stick em together!
March 26, 2008 5:20:18 PM

wonder how much of these will move just cos of the nostagia factor? (and I'd count me in on that)
a b U Graphics card
March 26, 2008 5:24:55 PM

Yeah if I still had a worthy desktop at home I'd buy one to bench and toy with, especially as a non-AMD / non-nV reference for DX10 and video playback.

Hopefully now we'll get good indepth looks at them.

I still can't find much about their processor design and their P/V/G-T-ROP layouts nor their function sets.

You get the basic PR marketing stuff, but little else.
March 26, 2008 5:32:00 PM

dostanio said:
at 60 dollars? I might just get 2 of dem bad boys nd stick em together!


in multi chrome, excellent!
a b U Graphics card
March 26, 2008 5:34:58 PM

I heard a few reports MultiChrome not ready for prime-time right this moment.

Not really surprising so close to launch, same happened with AMD & nV.
March 26, 2008 5:39:37 PM

Hey maybe if Nintendo uses Chrome for whatever they dish out after Wii? (Wii+i?)!

maybe not
March 26, 2008 5:42:39 PM

Some one bought them all... OUT OF STOCK!!

Jeesh... they are never in stock. Either they are not making anymore, or they really kick ass and they keep getting purchased?
March 26, 2008 5:42:51 PM

dostanio said:
at 60 dollars? I might just get 2 of dem bad boys nd stick em together!


multi-chrome ftw!
March 26, 2008 5:46:36 PM

Wow, selling like wolfdales. They did have some in stock when I posted that link. Ape...you snatched them all up didn't you?
a c 165 U Graphics card
March 26, 2008 5:54:08 PM

I wouldn't buy one for $60. It beat a 34xx, and a 8400GS. The 3650/2600XT is currently at $60, and I have yet to see this card beat them. Unless it can out perform the other cards at its price point, I wouldn't bother with it.
March 26, 2008 5:59:03 PM

Saweet, I am addict now. About time.

It is another option, nothing more. If I had a non-gaming-blue-ray-playing setup I would try one out just to support a different company other than ATI/NV/Intel.
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