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The first page is devoted to Chromotion management:

 

There are two sections. The first one is called Artistic License Effects and is intended for real-time video effects application. The second one, Deblocking Filters, serves to improve the quality of low-quality videos.

S3Config D3D name speaks for itself: this page contains Direct3D settings.

There are not too many of them here, but all the necessary settings are available. The anisotropy level can be adjusted from disabled to 16x, while for FSAA mode you will be able to set only one option: 2x supersampling.

As for OpenGL settings, there are simply no settings of the kind, which made it simply impossible to adjust any anisotropic filtering or anti-aliasing modes as well as enable/disable Vsync. I assume that they are going to add the corresponding page later in the future S3 driver versions.

Testbed and Methods

Since S3 DeltaChrome is a new solution we decided to carry out the complete test session, including the full range of theoretical tests, which will indicate the efficiency of the architectural solutions introduced by the developer. We will compare DeltaChrome S8 with the mainstream graphics accelerators on ATI RADEON 9600 PRO, ATI RADEON 9600 XT, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra.

Our testbed was configured as follows:

  • AMD Athlon XP 3200+ “Barton” CPU (2.2GHz, 400MHz FSB);
  • ABIT NF7-S v2.0 mainboard;
  • 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2 x 256MB, 2-3-3-6, 400MHz, Corsair XMS3200);
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA 120GB HDD;
  • NVIDIA MCP-T sound;
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP1;
  • Drivers: nForce Unified Driver Pack 3.13, S3 Graphics DeltaChrome 6.14.10.1600-15.06.33.4a, ATI Catalyst 3.9, NVIDIA ForceWare 52.16.
 
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