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Computex 2001 Exclusive: New Graphics Chips from SiS and Trident

SiS 315

After the successful introduction of the SiS 735 Athlon chipset , the company is following it up quickly wth the SiS 315 graphics chip. For our part, we didn't have all the time necessary to go into as great a depth as we would have liked in our reviews, but our first looks here should provide you with a strong assessment of what the SiS 315 and Trident Blade XP are capable of.

Looking at the 315, it has some attractive features:

  • 256 Bit architecture
  • 0.15 micron, 529 balls BGA package
  • 166 MHz chip clock
  • supports 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB
  • supports synmmetric and asymmetric SDRAM or DDR configurations
  • 128 Bit memory interface (2.7 GB/s with SDRAM, 5.4 GB/s with DDR)
  • AGP 4x support
  • 4 bilinear filtered textures per cycle
  • FSAA support
  • 375 MHz RAMDAC, up to 2048x1536
  • TV encoder interface
  • DVD decoding with motion compensation