SiS Back On Stage: The SiS730 Chipset for Duron and Athlon

MDK2 Demo

MDK2 is a Direct3D-based action shooter. We used the demo version for benchmarking: As you can see, the integrated graphics engine of the SiS chipset is not exactly a great performer. When using the GeForce 2 graphics card, there is very little difference between SiS730S and VIA's Apollo KT133.

Mercedes Benz Truck Racing

The truck racing demo offers very good image quality if you turn on all possible 3D features. However, that would have made both the game and the benchmark unplayable on the SiS graphics engine, that's why I ran those tests with the default settings. Even at 640x480, this game is not fun playing on our benchmark system configuration. 22 frames per second are not enough for game play. After plugging in the GeForce 2 Pro card, you can easily play MBTR at up to 1280x1024 on both the SiS and the VIA system. At 1024x768 and 1280x1024, this game runs even faster on the SiS platform! As soon as you increase the resolution, you can see how the lower memory bandwith of the SiS730 has gradually more impact on the frame rate.