A look at S3's DeltaChrome

Coming soon: A new entry in the DirectX 9 graphics sweeps

YOU'RE NOT GONNA believe this. I mean, really, you're not, because I wouldn't have either, had I not seen it with my own eyes. S3 Graphics is back with a new chip, dubbed DeltaChrome, which looks like it might just be strong enough to become a player in the mid-range consumer graphics market. I've seen the A0 silicon, first spin of the chip, running games like Unreal Tournament 2003 and the Chrome demo well enough to convince me the thing has potential. Real potential.

Naturally, I was skeptical when I visited S3's offices last week to get a preview of the DeltaChrome, S3's new DirectX 9-class graphics chip intended for the consumer market. What I saw there was intriguing, and gave me reason to hope S3 may successfully navigate the transition from chip design to end-user product.

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