Posted on Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 10:43:14 CEST by LSDsmurf
We get to test and evaluate quite a few high-end video cards here in the HotHardware labs. Over the past few months, we've previewed numerous Radeon 9800 XTs and GeForce FX 5950 Ultras, and cards based on ATi's and NVIDIA's latest Radeon X800 and GeForce 6800 GPUs have also begun to trickle in recently. Burning through our suite of benchmarks with these enthusiast-class products can be very interesting, and seeing these cards for the first time gets the hardware community extremely excited. But the simple fact of the matter is that these high-end cards make up only small portion of the overall 3D graphics market. Much more affordable entry-level and midrange products far outsell even the most popular enthusiast-class products.
Today at HotHardware, we're going to take a look at S3's latest entry-level GPU, the DeltaChrome S4. The S4 has all of the same features of the eight-pipeline DeltaChrome S8 we previewed back in March, but it has only four pixel pipelines. S3 may not be combating the likes of ATi or NVIDIA at the high end with the S4, but they hope to gain a foothold in the entry-level space, with an inexpensive feature-rich product that's competitive at the low end.