Computex 2001 Exclusive: New Graphics Chips from SiS and Trident

Test Setup

System Information
CPU AMD Athlon, 1000 MHz
Motherboard MSI-6341, AMD760
Memory 256 MB DDR Infineon, CL 2.5
Network Realtek 8139C, 100 Mbit
Hard Drive IBM DTLA 307030, 7200 rpm, 30 GB
Graphics Cards
GeForce2 MX400 Asus V7100 Pure
Drivers: 12.40
SiS 315 Club 3D Engineering Sample
Drivers: (May 17, 2001)
Trident Blade 3D Club 3D Engineering Sample
Operating System Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
DirectX Version 8.0a
Quake 3 Arena Retail version
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Expendable Demo 16 Bit, no sound
Dronez Normal: 16 Bit, bilinear filtering
High Quality: 32 Bit, trilinear filtering
3DMark 2001 Downloadable Version

We had to run these benchmarks in our makeshift Computex lab so, we didn't have our standard testing rigs in Taiwan. A GeForce2 MX200 would have been the 1st choice for a budget 3D card comparison, since both the SiS and the Trident chip target the low-end market. Unfortunately, we were only given those prototype boards for one day, so that there was no time to get any other graphics card except the MX400 for comparison. Also, we had to use a 15" TFT display during our testing, resulting in a maximum resolution of 1024x768. However, as the newcomers are not meant to be high-end products, this resolution should be enough to give you a fair picture of how the final products will perform.

  SiS 315 Trident Blade XP
Chip Clock 166 MHz 166 MHz
Memory Clock 166 MHz 125 MHz
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