S3 Graphics released a new graphics card, the Chrome 430 GT. This card is available in the U.S. market only and offers DirectX 10.1 graphics at a price under $60. The firm says the Chrome 430 GT is a cheap energy-efficient graphics card for small form factor systems.
Using proven low power 65nm process technology from Fujitsu, the Chrome 430 GT remains power efficient with low thermal emissions when rendering Microsoft DirectX 10.1/OpenGL 2.1 graphics applications or providing users with true Hi-Def 1080p Blu-ray entertainment.
"S3 Graphics has once again delivered an outstanding product, leveraging our graphics, video, and power savings core competencies," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. “The feature-rich Chrome 430 GT challenges the current discrete graphics landscape, bringing new functionalities previously seen only on high end desktops, bringing new meaning to the terms ‘affordable gaming’ and ‘home entertainment’.”
The S3 Graphics Chrome 430 GT gives users the perfect balance of leading DirectX 10.1 3D performance, high-quality Blu-ray playback, and advanced bus and display connectivity in a 64-bit DDR2 configuration. Display connections allow dual-link DVI (DVI-D/DVI-I), VGA, and 1080p widescreen HDTV support.
The Chrome 430 GT also utilizes the ChromotionHD 2.0 scalable video engine to perform smooth decoding of MPEG-4/AVC (H.264), MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS video for Blu-ray and HD content for theatre-like viewing entertainment. To further enhance operation for home theatre applications that demand cool-and-quiet operation, the Chrome 430 GT features PowerWise™ technology for a power smart design to minimize heat dissipation without compromising performance or features.