19th February 2008

S3 Graphics announces new video card with DirectX 10.1 and more

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Video Cards |

S3 Graphics, a devision of Via technology, has announced the Chrome 400-series of graphics cards. It’s been two years since S3 Graphics released their last batch of video cards, the Chrome S25 and Chrome S27. The Chrome 400-series has all the features one would expect from a new video card, DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.1, HD video acceleration, PCI Express 2.0, Dual-Link DVI, and HDMI with HDCP. Like Via’s CPUs, one of the main focuses with S3 Graphics’ video cards is low power usage and the Chrome 400-series is no different. They claim the Chrome 400-series “brings the highest performance-per-watt ratio ever to a new breed of energy-efficient desktop systems and portable notebook PCs.” The HD video acceleration is called ChromotionHD, which supports 1080p playback for HD DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV-HD, and AVS. Chrome 400-series supports a technology for running multiple GPUs similar to Crossfire and SLI, which S3 calls MultiChrome. Currently, the performance level of the Chrome 400-series is unknown but at the most they may be mid-range cards. More realistically though, especially since it has 64-bit memory bandwidth, it’s probably an entry level solution.

To read the press release click here.

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