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S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX 256 MB Review

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S3 Graphics is a graphics chips company in California which was founded in 1989. Over the years they produced numerous chipsets like the legendary S3 Trio and S3 Savage GPUs. They were bought by VIA in 2004 and their graphics knowledge was integrated into VIA's IGP chipsets. Their recent line of discrete GPUs is called the "Chrome 400" Series which features DirectX 10.1, Blu-Ray/HD-DVD decoding and HDMI+HDCP support.

Two Chrome 400 products are available at this time: the Chrome 430 GT and the faster Chrome 440 GTX. Both use the same 65 nm graphics chip, but the 440 GTX uses GDDR3 and higher clocks. Both cards are targeted at the entry-level segment, with possible uses in office systems or Home Theater PCs. Even though gaming is supported, don't expect anything beyond basic resolutions at medium detail settings.

430 GT
440 GTX
HD 3850
HD 3870
9600 GT
8800 GT
9800 GT
HD 4850
Shader units 323232032064112112800
GPUChrome 400Chrome 400RV670RV670G94G92G92RV770
TransistorsUnknownUnknown666M 666M505M 754M754M 956M
Memory Size256 MB256 MB256 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Memory Bus Width 64 bit64 bit256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit
Core Clock625 MHz800 MHz670 MHz 777 MHz 650 MHz 600 MHz 600 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Clock500 MHz800 MHz828 MHz 1126 MHz 900 MHz 900 MHz 900 MHz 993 MHz
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