In March, S3 Graphics unleashed the Chrome 430 GT, a mainstream graphics card with a 65nm DirectX 10.1 graphics processor and 256MB of DDR2 memory. In a chart on its website, the company shows the 430 GT significantly outpacing both the GeForce 8400 GS and Radeon HD 3450 in 3DMark06. Since then, we've been curious to see how the GPU will handle in the real world.
Today, we see German tech site Hardware-Aktuell has gotten hold of a Chrome 430 GT and published some benchmarks of the card in action. The review is relatively in-depth, including a look at how the 430 GT's GPU compares with the competition, some image quality tests, and benchmarks for 3DMark06, Crysis, X3 Reunion, F.E.A.R., and Prey.
Surprisingly, the Chrome 430 GT actually holds its own overall. The new GPU does outperform the Radeon HD 3450 and GeForce 8400 GS in 3DMark06 at 1280 x 1024, although it falls behind the Radeon at 1600 x 1200 with 4x antialiasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The same goes for Crysis: the Chrome 430 GT is faster than the Radeon at 1280 x 1024 and slower at 1600 x 1200, with the GeForce falling behind at both resolutions. The picture is slightly less rosy for the new contender in X3 Reunion, F.E.A.R., and Prey, but it nonetheless manages to stay close to the competition at 1280 x 1024.
Of course, the Chrome 430 GT's price tag may somewhat mitigate this strong showing. S3 launched the new card at $59, which is $20-25 pricier than the 8400 GS and 3450.