The third-test scene is geometrically more complex than the scene from the second test, and the rather low efficiency of the four vertex processors in the Chrome S27 GPU shows up here. Although the card is still only inferior to the GeForce 6600 GDDR2 in the “pure speed” mode, the other cards are as close to it as 1-3fps. The S3 card can’t compete with the RADEON X1300 anymore at the “eye candy” settings and takes the third place, after the RADEON X700.
The RADEON X700 used to win this test, but loses its leadership now. The Chrome S27 is faster at executing numerous version 2.0 vertex and pixel shaders, and the gap between these two graphics cards is almost the same irrespective of the resolution. S3’s card is poor in the “eye candy” mode due to its super-sampling.
The S3 Chrome S27 deservedly has a high 3DMark03 score as it wins the first two tests. However, this victory is not confirmed by the results of gaming applications, so it is quite possible that the driver has some special optimizations for 3DMark.