Let’s find out as AnandTech takes an in-depth look at S3’s latest shot at a low-cost, high-performance video-solution. Like the Diamond tradition, the S is “manual-less”. The first thing you would notice about the cards is the lack of a fan. Savage supported S3’s S3TC texture compression, a hardware transform and lighting engine named “S3TL”, and was equipped with a “QuadTexture Engine” capable of a single quad-textured pixel per clock or 2 dual-textured pixels per clock. TV-In would definitely make the S stand out of its competitors and although that adds a few more dollars to the cost, I think it’s defnitely a worthwhile choice! These are some of my first impressions on opening the box, hehe, so without further ado, let’s continue with the Technical Specifications!
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The first thing you would notice about the cards is the lack of a fan. According atp Vijay’s tests the Spectra manages The default Diamond applications started up together with the system and the most annoying thing about it is whenever you left click on a blank portion of the desktop, the Windows 98 Start Menu pops up.
The only big-name to boast a truly reliable Savage3D solution was Hercules, a company whose devotion to quality led them to a discriminating process of hand picking Savage3D chips for their accelerators, which made Hercules’ Savage3D boards undoubtedly the best in the industry.
Despite that, the loading time of games like NFS3 and Half-Life is very fast and during gameplay the S feels smooth and no freezes whatsoever!
However, the performance is also very different Combined with poor drivers and the chip’s lack of multitexturing support, the Savage3D failed in the market.
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This Product is provided courtesy of. If you are to choose the latter option, times are a bit less fast paced and competitive, however the challenge is equally as great if not greater.
The memory chips being used is the Mira 7ns type. Unfortunately, in practice, the Savage3D turned out to be one of the biggest failures of the industry. The Stealth family from Diamond has chipsets used from many different manufacturers, for example S3, Rendition and Intel, quite unlike the Savave4 family which has all its chipsets drawn from one company namely nVidia.
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Last year was the return of the former heavy weights to the market and comparatively speaking, they did not achieve the same status that they once held prior to the transition towards standardizing 3D accelerators. While the Savage3D did manage to find its very own niche market with Super7 users as well as some lower end Slot-1 users, the product itself as well as its drivers were quite immature and the product never really attained its full potential.
But the only useful feature of TV out surfaces if you do not have things like a VCD player or DVD player to hook on to the TV, this is also when you gather the whole family around with some snacks and sit down to watch a movie or two! Unfortunately for S3, deliveries of the Savage3D were hampered by poor manufacturing yields. The Savage4 starts off by boasting a core very similar to the original Savage3D, in actuality, the 0.
I guess this feature was meant for convenience, but since we all are so used to clicking the Start button, won’t it become redundant? S3 refined the chip, fixing hardware bugs and streamlining the chip for both cost reduction and performance. Definitely not a buy for 3D intensive gamers! This time around, 3dfx isn’t the competition, NVIDIA isn’t the one to topple, and Matrox isn’t the one S3 needs to be guarding their customers from, instead, this time around S3 is looking to be the best they can be, not the best in the market.
As a high-performing solution, the Savage3D would offer the most bang for your buck, however the frame rate dreams of the Savage3D ended up being quite disappointing and therefore took it out of the run for the number one spot in the race for the 3D king last year.
VIA Technologies x86 processors. In any case the default refresh rate for the S is Development of Savage as a discrete card was discontinued. Something else woth mentioning was that the contents of the box were pretty firm and didn’t rattle about as I brought it home.
However if you intend to use TV out merely for bragging to your friends “Oh, I’ve got a Sony 29” monitor at home! Unfortunately S3TL does not function properly.
With the Savage3D, there was much confusion as to what the target audience of the product would be. Done x for all tests, Wintune and 3D Winbench.
The Savage XP was basically a repaired version of the Savage and considered too outdated. Sqvage4 this respect at least, S3’s economical use of transistors proved highly advantageous.
Basically, as a manufacturer looking to produce a low-cost, high-performance video solution, you are placed under the same expectations as the big boys, but you’re now limited by cost. The mobile version was going to be called AlphaChrome but was savagr4 completely identical. Overall Rating Out of a maximum of 5 Star. This page was last edited on 29 Mayat