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The problem of the new S3 card with version 1.4 pixel shaders we noted in Marko Dolenc’s Fillrate Tester shows up in 3DMark 2001 SE, too. The results are very low and the GeForce 6600 is far ahead of the Chrome S27. Processing simple pixels shaders isn’t a strong aspect of the RADEON X1300 PRO which also has only 4 pipelines. As a result, it is just a little faster than the GeForce 6200 here.

More realistic than Marko Dolenc’s Fillrate Tester, this test shows that the Chrome S27 isn’t very fast at executing version 2.0 pixel shaders. It is only ahead of the GeForce 6200 and RADEON X1300 PRO. Can it be due to some imperfection in the card’s driver?

It was the 3DMark05 results that made us suspect some driver imperfections. The Chrome S27 easily delivers the performance of the GeForce 6600 or RADEON X700 here, although the shaders employed in the test are not at all simple.

 
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