Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark03 build 340
We installed Force Ware 52.16 for GeForce FX solutions to run the 3DMark03 tests, because FutureMark approved of this particular version for the tests in 3DMark03 package. For the other graphics cards we also used the drivers approved by the benchmark developer.
S3 failed to achieve any encouraging results here. S3 DeltaChrome S8 Nitro competes only with GeForce FX 5600 Ultra yielding hopelessly to all the other testing participants.
In the first relatively simple test the newcomer managed to perform quite OK, and yielded just a little bit to the leaders. We failed to obtain any results in Eye candy mode, because 3DMark03 reported about the absence of FSAA support.
The second benchmark is more complex, as it uses shaders and performs the rendering in a few passes. Since S3 DeltaChrome S8 Nitro architecture is not very efficient in such working mode, we shouldn’t be surprised to see its failure. However, higher working frequencies and new drivers make it not as hopeless as the regular DeltaChrome S8.