It causes missing textures, errors in geometry and models, and minimal performance benefits. These are some of my first impressions on opening the box, hehe, so without further ado, let’s continue with the Technical Specifications! Thermal Issues Yes, this is one of the most cruicial portions of this review, as seen from the images above, the Savage4 sports a heatsink without a fan courtesy of Diamond! Development of Savage as a discrete card was discontinued. At the bottom of the card, near the AGP interface are 3 jumpers.

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Unlike the TNT2, most Savage4 board manufacturers will be shipping their products at the same time, but if you do happen to come across Diamond’s latest concoction, should you give savage a try? This time around, armed with the Savage4, and stepping in right as Diamond’s former companion, 3dfx, stepped out, S3 is ready to make amends and get their name back into the eyes of the public.

Diamond Stealth III S graphics card – Savage4 Pro – 8 MB Overview – CNET

Done x for all tests, Wintune and 3D Winbench. Or should Diamond stick to selling off the rest of their unsold Voodoo2 inventory before exploring a daring move like the Savage4? Its innovative feature-set included the following:.

The S3 Savage4 Pro performance is definitely described by the word lacklustre! However, by continuing with a bandwidth-constraining bit memory bus, S3 guaranteed this graphics card would never be a performance part under bit color. Also, the Stealth III S duamond launched on the very day that Diamond lauched its Viper V based on nVidia’s Riva TNT2 as well, however the difference ppro the pricing of the V and the S is about or so dollars, thereby making the S a bit more attractive than its more expensive counterparts.


Diamond Stealth III S PCI 32mb S3 Savage4 Pro Video Card | eBay

At the bottom of the card, near the AGP interface are 3 jumpers. Views Read Edit View history.

The Savage XP was basically a repaired version of the Savage and considered too outdated. Prro MX had many similarities to Savage4 but had reduced clocks and added an integrated TV out function with lro Macrovision. The RAM clips 2 out of 3 are quite inaccessible. I don’t know when: Final Reality has quite a nice set of screenshots during testing, unfortunately, telling the image quality between the RIVA TNT chipset against the S is very much like telling the difference between the two ants crawling across my table right now!

Diamond Stealth III S540 graphics card – Savage4 Pro – 32 MB

Nevertheless, the most obvious difference was the slightly brighter graphics. Not only that, but S3TC allowed these much higher quality textures to be rendered with negligible performance impact.

Following the Diamond tradition, the S comes in a huge box that bears an attractive cover design, it is also nice to know that Diamond actually hires a designer to design the box, not getting their engineers to do the job, a fine tradition that is worth keeping.

While it may not be of importance to most users, TV-Out was certainly a must for me when I consider buying a video card, because my Savvage4 is not too far away from where my computer is placed and playing games on a 29″ Toshiba screen sure beats a Viewsonic 15″ anytime! The first thing you would notice about the cards is the lack of a fan. Savage supported S3’s S3TC texture compression, a hardware transform and lighting engine named “S3TL”, and was equipped xavage4 a “QuadTexture Engine” capable of a single quad-textured pixel per clock or 2 dual-textured pixels per clock.

MS DirectX Version 6. It savave4 like ages ago, a quickly growing company, Diamond Multimedia, released their first Stealth 3D graphics accelerator.

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Diamond needs to spend more time re-considering that feature!

Drivers were again an issue with S3’s product; holding back overall performance and causing compatibility issues with software and hardware. I’m sure many BH6 owners would also gripe about this, definitely more so for us testers. Few technical specifications are found on the box and there is only a six page installation guide which is just the size of a CD cover.

S3 designed these chips for notebooks, but they were also sold as budget AGP graphics cards. Many of the Savage3D’s limitations were ssvage4 by the Savage 4 chipset.

Diamond Stealth III S540 Savage4 Pro

It was never sold, only prototypes exist. The first in Diamond’s Stealth line of graphics accelerators were based on chipsets provided from one of the hot shots of the time, a very well known company named S3. Thermal Issues Yes, this is one of the most cruicial portions of this review, as seen from the images above, the Savage4 sports a heatsink without a fan courtesy of Diamond!

Other than those differences, the S is your run of the mill Savage4 board, however in order to establish any major differences let’s take a closer look at the card itself. Something else woth mentioning was that the contents of the box were pretty firm and didn’t rattle about as I brought it home.

They could be equipped with MiB memory. However the OpenGL performance really proved to be an eye-opener!