S3 Graphics has expanded its DeltaChrome lineup with a value offering that sports the same capabilities as the DeltaChrome S8-series graphics processor, but is available at a more affordable price-point. Target customers for the DeltaChrome S4 Pro graphics processing unit are likely to find the product pretty decent, as the DeltaChrome S4 Pro provides all the capabilities users concentrated on overall set of features at a price-point from $79 to $129 in retail are looking for:
- Crisp image quality in 1280x1024 resolution and a DVI-I output for LCD monitors;
- HDTV output that allows to watch HDTV movies on a high-quality TV-set;
- Support for dual-display configurations and display rotation;
- Sufficient performance in previous-generation 3D games;
- Support for modern graphics technologies, such as DirectX 9.0;
- Stable drivers (based on our experience).
All in all, customers, who get graphics cards for entertainment PCs should be satisfied with the DeltaChrome S4 Pro. Provided that the DeltaChrome S4 Pro-based graphics cards are available, S3 Graphics is likely to have all chances to find a niche for its product.
Clients, who are interested in the fastest possible performance in games at an affordable price-point, should thoroughly check performance of their favourite games on the DeltaChrome S4 Pro visual processing unit, as in some cases the product delivers pretty good speed, but in others it does not.
S3 Graphics positions the DeltaChrome S4 Pro against the RADEON 9600 SE and the GeForce FX 5200 Ultra. Based on our benchmark results, we believe that such comparison is viable. However, we should keep in mind that ATI and NVIDIA constantly lower pricing on their products and soon enough the S4 Pro will have to fight against more powerful rivals: the RADEON 9550 and GeForce FX 5600-derivatives.
Will the DeltaChrome S4 Pro become the “come back” of S3 Graphics on the market? It will hardly grow to be. But this is certainly a signal for the market and other graphics companies that S3 Graphics is capable of making chips that can serve entry-level and mainstream market segments.