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. The memory chips being used is the Mira 7ns type. Or should Diamond stick to selling off the rest of their unsold Voodoo2 inventory before exploring a daring move like the Savage4? While S3 was lurking in the background, Diamond made a few new friends by the names of 3Dfx now 3dfx and Rendition. Quake 3 Arena Test xx32 Page It’s redundant if you ask me.
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Unlike the TNT2, most Savage4 board diamind will be shipping their products at the same time, but if you do happen to come across Diamond’s latest concoction, should you give ‘er a try? Diamond needs to spend more time re-considering that feature! These are the contents of the package: When S3 finally returned to the scene looking for their old pals at Diamond to welcome them back with open arms, the bitter rejection of S3’s at the time flagship Savage3D design by Diamond put the once gigantic video manufacturer in their place, back at stfalth drawing boards.
Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme Review
But the only useful feature of TV out surfaces if you do not have things like a VCD player or DVD player to hook on to the TV, this is also when you gather the whole family around with some snacks and sit down to watch a movie or two! The default Diamond applications started up together with the system and the most annoying thing about it is whenever you left click on a blank portion of the desktop, the Windows 98 Start Menu pops up.
TV-In would definitely make the S stand out of its competitors and although that adds a few more dollars to the cost, I think it’s defnitely a worthwhile choice! These are some of my first impressions on opening the box, hehe, so without further ado, let’s continue with the Technical Specifications!
The first thing you would notice about the cards is the lack of a fan.
Diamond Stealth III S AGP
The Stealth family from Diamond has chipsets used from many different manufacturers, for example S3, Rendition and Intel, quite unlike the Viper family which has all its chipsets drawn from one company namely nVidia. Although the benchmarks do not show the RIVA TNT scorching ahead of the Savage4, it is quite enough to prove that S3 still hasn’t got what it takes to compete in the high-end video card sector yet.
Something else woth mentioning was that the contents of the box were pretty firm and didn’t rattle about as I brought it home. We measured only a 4C difference between the S and S Xtreme. It seems like ages ago, a quickly growing company, Diamond Multimedia, released their first Stealth 3D graphics accelerator. We also included the results of some of the more expensive top dogs into the review to provide an idea where the performance of these medium range graphics boards sit.
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. Later on, an up and coming company named NVIDIA also joined the bunch, providing Diamond with a killer lineup of high performance 3D accelerators that were tailored to fit the needs of virtually every unique user.
I would have loved to push this card a little higher and see some results!
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. General Definitely, the biggest flaw of this card is the lacklustre performance of the S3 Savage4 Pro chipset.
Diamond Stealth III S540 32mb VGA AGP Video Card S3 Savage 4 Pro Vintage
The Installation, Driver features and Programs. Benchmarks were done in Windows 98 Ver 4. At the same time, Diamond’s new InControl Tools 99 utility comes bundled with the card and should help make tweaking your card a more pleasant experience.
The core also was un-overclockable as that portion was shaded stealtth the PowerStrip options In other words, disabled. Shogo xx16 Fortress Page 5: Nevertheless, the most obvious difference was the slightly brighter graphics. The most simplest way would be to attach a fan by means of screws, you know, re-use those fans that have been sitting in the storeroom since errr I don’t know when: However if you intend to use TV out merely for bragging to your friends “Oh, I’ve got a Sony 29” monitor at home!
Diamond Stealth III S graphics card – Savage4 Pro – 32 MB Overview – CNET
TV-In would be nice although it is not exactly a must. For the uninitiated, Mira is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, so it’s not some unknown brand.
However, the performance is also very different TV-Out No Dizmond is minor issue to most users, however it matters if you are an avid gamer and buy things steapth wireless keyboards and invest heavily on a nice flat TV!
Diamond Multimedia, a company reknown for its multimedia products has a new addition to its Stealth family. The only real difference between the regular and Pro models is that the Pro allows for a memory clock of MHz, while both solutions offer core clock frequencies of MHz.