Thursday, November 20th 2008

S3 Graphics Launches Next Generation Chrome 500 Series GPU Line

S3 Graphics today announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors, building upon the success of a product family based on the most power-efficient GPU architecture on the market. Today's users will now be able to enjoy the latest Blu-ray playback, streaming HD video, DirectX 10.1, and OpenGL 3.0 applications on Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms.

Today's PC users are demanding more application processing power than ever before as HD video and graphics accelerate the user experience. With the Chrome 500 Series, you can enjoy Hi-Def Blu-ray movies and watch bonus features with Picture-in-Picture while enjoying 8 channels of high fidelity audio with the S3 Graphics' built-in Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor. DirectX, OpenGL, and GPGPU applications can be efficiently processed with programmable shader cores to speed-up 3D and non-gaming functions.

Add-in cards featuring the first graphics accelerators from the new Chrome 500 series, the Chrome 530 GT, are available now on S3 Graphics GStore online retail outlet.

"S3 Graphics has built upon the success of the Chrome 400 Series with another GPU line that fulfills user demand of a superior visual experience and product that extends beyond just graphics," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "Our latest Chrome 500 supports features that surpass those found in higher end products, like high quality HD video support. This truly is a power-efficient multimedia / multi-application processor that delivers."

S3 Graphics Chrome 500 Series Highlights

Microsoft DirectX 10.1+ / OpenGL 3.0 Support: Chrome 500 supports the latest DirectX 10.1+ and OpenGL 3.0 graphics requirements to support the latest applications. Real-life 3D rendering and increased visual quality through improved Anti-aliasing (AA), Image/Texture improvements, higher precision formats, and programmable lighting effects allow users to experience the next level of 3D graphics.

GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) Technology: Utilizing an array of S3 stream processors, the Chrome GPUs can accelerate parallel data workloads and perform work on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops (GFLOPS) of high-throughput computations. Applications that can utilize S3 GPGPU technologies include image processing, video transcoding, game physics, and many more.

ChromotionHD Video Technology: Designed to offload video processing from the CPU and save overall system power, the ChromotionHD engine supports the latest HD standards including H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS, for a stunning movie experience and dual-stream, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) Blu-ray playback.

Advanced Display and Audio Integration: Chrome 500 Series processors incorporate DisplayPort with HDCP, HDMI with HDCP, dual-link DVI with HDCP, and dual-channel LVDS transmitters for complete connectivity to a full range of digital monitors and panels. Integrated Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound and HD Audio controllers are supported natively in the GPU.

PCI Express 2.0: Chrome 500 Series GPUs support the latest high throughput PCI Express 2.0 bus technology for bandwidth intensive applications and games. The faster connection speed also allows users to take advantage of additional S3 Graphics technologies such as AcceleRAM which leverages system memory for image data storage, and MultiChrome Multi-GPU technology to unleash almost twice the 3D rendering performance on games.

S3 Graphics PowerWise Technology: Sophisticated algorithms and power control mechanisms will allow Chrome 500 Series GPUs to deliver the optimal balance between performance and power on-the-fly, to meet performance and application requirements for power efficient graphics intensive computing on thin and light notebook PCs and small form factor desktop PCs.

For more details about S3 Graphics Chrome 500 series processors please visit this page.

S3 Graphics Chrome 530 GT Graphics Card
The first product introduced to the market in the Chrome 500 Series, the S3 Graphics Chrome 530 GT takes Blu-ray viewing to new heights with an upgraded video core capable of dual-stream, PiP Blu-ray playback at lower power and clock speeds.

Equipped with HDCP capable DVI-I and HDMI ports, the Chrome 530 GT supports DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 applications and consumes under 25W of power, making it ideal as the graphics of choice for HTPC (home theatre PCs), DIY enthusiasts, and existing PC users looking for the best bang for the buck upgrade.

The Chrome 530 GT add-in card is available now for just $44.95 on the GStore online retail outlet. Find out more about this product on the S3 Graphics website here.
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18 Comments on S3 Graphics Launches Next Generation Chrome 500 Series GPU Line

#1
Roph
Interesting, looking forward to benchmarks :)
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#2
VulkanBros
Very interesting....DirectX 10.1......thats more than Nvidia can deliver ;-)
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#3
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
DX 10.1 or performance aren't really relevant. We already know it'll be crap. Hardware Blu-ray acceleration and the likes could be interesting though. Might be nice for media PC's.
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HTC
by: DanTheBanjoman
DX 10.1 or performance aren't really relevant. We already know it'll be crap. Hardware Blu-ray acceleration and the likes could be interesting though. Might be nice for media PC's.
IMO, that depends: this product is intended for the low end market and, as such, i might be a contender.

It has against it the lack of nVidia/ATI/Intel name though and, personally, i consider that a pretty big handicap.

I have yet to see any of S3 cards (i'm referring to these chrome series) on sale, here in Portugal. Why? Lack of recognition?? Dunno about elsewhere in the world, though.
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Dan is telling in context of this card. Do you expect this card to run a DirectX 10.1 game playable, apart from boasting about its API support?
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HTC
by: btarunr
Dan is telling in context of this card. Do you expect this card to run a DirectX 10.1 game playable, apart from boasting about its API support?
We have yet to see any benches, haven't we? As such, i don't really know!

I expect this card to be competitive against the low end market: be it power wise, price wise or both. If not, it's a failed card even before it's out.
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#7
Nick89
S3 should make a mid range graphics card and work itself up from there. I'd really like to see them grow and become a contender for ATI/Nvidia.:toast:
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HTC
by: Nick89
S3 should make a mid range graphics card and work itself up from there. I'd really like to see them grow and become a contender for ATI/Nvidia.:toast:
Me too: it could make the prices go down more then with only 2 major players.
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phanbuey
by: Nick89
S3 should make a mid range graphics card and work itself up from there. I'd really like to see them grow and become a contender for ATI/Nvidia.:toast:
i think S3 can't compete in the midrange market since it moves faster than the low end market, theyve tried in the past and gotten stomped by nvidia and ati. 9800GTX+ and hd 4850 are midrange cards now, and i seriously doubt s3's ability to make a card that can even come close to either of those.
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#11
KBD
by: OnBoard
Wonder what's the difference with the 400 series that is reviewed here in TPU, just clocks? And is 530GT faster than 440GTX or just faster version of 430GT. Anyways here's the link for the review:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/S3/Chrome_440_GTX
yea, i remember that review. but i think for the price they were selling for theyu couldnt compete with nvidia/ATI lower end. Besides, they are difficult to find even in the US, i dont recall seeing them for sale.
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#12
OnBoard
by: KBD
yea, i remember that review. but i think for the price they were selling for theyu couldnt compete with nvidia/ATI lower end.
Seems like it's cheaper now and if it's faster as well, looks better for them.
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#13
MrMilli
Some pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/viagallery/with/3044640335/

I think that this is a new chip.




530 GT: 625 core - 500 mem - 3DMark06 must be around 2900 since a HD4350 scores around 2850
440 GTX: 725 core - 700 mem - 3DMark06 around 2400-2500

They will probably launch a 540 GTX soon with higher clocks like the 440 GTX.
The 400 series have 32 shaders. Maybe the 500 series have 48 or more ...
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#14
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: HTC
We have yet to see any benches, haven't we? As such, i don't really know!
S3 doesn't aim at gaming or anything. Their previous product performed horribly. A reasonably fast card for $50? It's clearly low end, hence performance isn't interesting. The hardware acceleration for video is what it offers, this is what will make or break it.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: Nick89
S3 should make a mid range graphics card and work itself up from there. I'd really like to see them grow and become a contender for ATI/Nvidia.:toast:
me too w1zz are you going to be reveiwing them? and what about GPU-Z support has the chrome 400 series been added yet?
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Nick89
by: phanbuey
i think S3 can't compete in the midrange market since it moves faster than the low end market, theyve tried in the past and gotten stomped by nvidia and ati. 9800GTX+ and hd 4850 are midrange cards now, and i seriously doubt s3's ability to make a card that can even come close to either of those.
:wtf: a 4850 is not midrange its a high midrange card IMHO. I'm talking about competing with cards like the 4670.
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