Weren’t Savages cheep enough? S3 went through restructuring which probably delayed following Savage XP chip too much. There is a command interface, increasing bus efficiency and support for 8 MB of memory but neither of those can really help. Virge on life support After the release of last Virge in summer of , out featured and outperformed since day one, S3 was going to have a tough time because their next generation architecture was still one year away. Well the answer is rather negative, reality is much harsher than exposed features.
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Fortunately, there were significant features added to stay in touch with the rapid development. Undeniably no longer acceptable for any true gamer, S3 decided to use it’s immensely successful Trio brand. Video textures in Mortal Kombat 3 are suddenly missing.
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For more screenshots see the Trio3D gallery. There is a command interface, increasing bus efficiency and support for 8 MB of memory but neither of those can really help.
Unreal runs, but with proper lighting Trio3D gives up on texturing, so I tested flat shaded. Even 3DMark runs – somewhat. There are actually new features, which is surprising given target consumer.
Thanks to its aggressive pricing it spread even to gamers on extreme budget. Thus the name Trio3D does not raise much hope for 3D gaming, it should probably merely imply that 2D line of accelerators just became 3D capable- at whatever performance.
This considered 2X with MHz memory is for me the most powerful Virge based card. Trio3D Trio3D offered great 2D and video acceleration with it’s new bit engine. However, despite strong specifications there was a widening gap between the efficiency of S3 and two biggest competitors.
That is rather cosmetic improvement since most of 2X 86×368 carry 8 MB of memory, more than enough for such anemic architecture. Since some gamers could not avoid Trio3D, it did not help with company reputation among them. How are games on Trio3D, how did the support for all blending modes helped? Half Life is textured, but flat shaded and with own fair deal of transparency issues.
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S3 came out of the closet and pulled back multiplicative alpha blending support that first Trio3D was failing in and old Virge could not do either. However bad news for xo gamers is lower compatibility with S3d titles. It was an adequate budget 3D chip, but corporate world might respond better to continuation of Trio line rather than product clearly made for games.
The 10ns memory is ticking at MHz and core clock does not seem to raise over old classic models.
However, much needed performance enhancements are nowhere to be found. Virge on life support After the release of last Virge in summer ofout featured and outperformed since day one, S3 was going to have a tough time because their next generation architecture was still one year away.
Savage suffered from poor drivers as well, but it was the right path. Performance Finally how fast are those cards? Outside of 3d games Trio3Ds did their job and S3 was holding significant market share thanks to them.
For the second half of the year S3 aimed even higher with their first dual pipeline architecture with Transform and Lighting unit. That is the only technical deficiency of last “decelerator” incarnation. Similar color problems are ruining Formula 1 and smaller troubles are seen in Falcon 4. S3 however, did not go into details describing 3d engine.
This puts it half way between MX and GX2 framerates, but image quality is up a notch. S3 went through restructuring which probably delayed following Savage XP chip too much. With TechlandD3D library I could get Quake 3 demo tested, however light mapping has to be disabled to get anything recognizable out of the game.
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In spring S3 came with Savage4 and considering what it was, it showed quite a muscle and was actually selling 68c368. Next high performance architecture was coming on schedule and that was DeltaChrome S8.
There are two clear reasons for that- different positioning and ancient Virge architecture.