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S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX

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The Chrome 440 GTX is the latest card from S3 Graphics. It features all the main bullet points like DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0, native HDMI with integrated audio, small form factor and low heat output. But is this enough to compete with the offerings from ATI and NVIDIA?

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I lol at the price/performance. Thats just funny. its way overpriced for how it performs.
 

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Not made by evil ATI or NVidia
That got a smile out of me.

Other than that, it would be nice to see some better performing cards in the future.
I'll keep my eye on S3 to see if they are serious about playing with the evil empires ;)
 

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A nice step in the right direction.
 

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They should have given this a silent cooler, making it slightly more HTPC worthy. At least S3 can make multi-view cards to compete with those..ehm..$500 Matrox multi-head cards, or ATI's FireMV.
 

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What fail. I was lolling at all the benchies, 5, 6fps maybe. Come on... Price per perf... uhh, who will buy that piece of crap.
 
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it scaled well at higher resolutions, regardless its still a slideshow. Im really wanting S3 take a shot at the mid and high end market, hell they arent even making low end, they are just making the rock bottom, that no one buys on purpose.
 

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What fail. uhh, who will buy that piece of crap.
3870x2 said:
that no one buys on purpose
Ahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha :roll:

Thanks guys, I am still laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

I know they are trying, but on a board like TPU this is Epic Fail.
 

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Ahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha :roll:

Thanks guys, I am still laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

I know they are trying, but on a board like TPU this is Epic Fail.
I just don't understand what market they appeal to. I think it is the n00b market because it has "GTX" in the name which would make a n00b think the card sounds good.
 
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I pity the drunk XP users who believe in Nvidia's promising words behind the box of this card. FAIL!
 

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Okay, my apologies to the S3 crew. As W1zz said they are dedicated and working hard at improving the line.

I really hope that they get to the point that they can compete as that would be good for all of us.
 

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Okay, my apologies to the S3 crew. As W1zz said they are dedicated and working hard at improving the line.

I really hope that they get to the point that they can compete as that would be good for all of us.
Indeed it would. I think they have potential, this card just isn't it. If they could compete with amd/nvidia we would see more competitive prices, witch I like.
 
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hell for $69 or lower, Ill take this for an HTPC anyday. I dont need to game with it, all I need it to do is play the movies I download. Awesome.
 

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dude id but this in a heart beat and i might order one this coming paycheck maybe even 3


1 for my linux box needing a card

1 for my GF's PC to lay over for sli

and 1 for my server

so i can have the 5200 in the server as a pci back up cause god knows this will handle aero better than the 5200 pos.
 
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When you consider the die size, it's performance is in line with ATI & nVidia.
Considering how much smaller the design team is, that's quiet a feat.

About the price:
- it does have HDMI! 9400GT doesn't have that on stock models.
- they're selling 1000x less than ATI or nVidia so production prices tend to be higher.
- GStore has always been expensive.

W1zzard, how was your 9400GT configured?
Stock? 550 core, 1350 shaders, 400 mem & 128bit? Or faster?
 
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W1zzard - you say 'Low power consumption" twice in the Pros. Intentional?

Good to see an obscure hardware review, let's hope eventually someone gives competition to the "bi-nopoly" we have now...
 
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HDMI adaptors cost less than $20, so thats really irrelevant (and most HTPC aimed cards come with em free anyway)
 

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those benchmarks must have been like watching paint dry.... goes to show the up hill battle any third wheel would have
 

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How's the HD playback on this thing? Because if it should compete with anything in that range, it should be the HD3450. Then they need to add lots of features though.

Anyway, it is good news that something new is coming. I hope they will take a shot at the mid-range at least..
 

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i always welcome more serious competitors but this card is a joke this is my IGP at the office
 

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i always welcome more serious competitors but this card is a joke this is my IGP at the office
Well this card is like 5x faster than what you have attached. Your point being?
 

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