How Does This Board Perform?
We decided to put the Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme through our standard suite of graphics tests. Shogo, Quake 3 Arena Test, Expendable Demo and Descent III were all ran on each of the boards. Our results include resolutions at 640x480 and 1024x768. These two resolutions were run at both 16bit and 32bit (when supported by the graphics board). Even though the S540 Xtreme and some of the other competitors are targeted towards the lower end of the market, we included the 32bit modes so we could see where the performance of these boards falls off.
The S540 Xtreme provides an efficient frame rate at this resolution. However, the ATI Rage 128, ASUS Magic M64 and Voodoo3 2000 low-end boards provided even higher scores.