Eric van Fast Graphics heeft wat info over de nieuwe S3 Savage 2000 chip op zijn voorpagina gedumpt:
Diamond is now officially a part of S3, the merger has completed
Diamond Multimedia will keep it's brand name.
Diamond Multimedia "might" make consumer level graphic cards bases upon non-S3 chipsets, although that's not currently in the planning.
Diamond will be the first to make a card based upon the new Savage 2000 chipset, other cards with S3 Savage 2000 chipset will most probably be in the OEM sector.
Cards with the Savage 2000 chipset will be available before Christmas.
The faster Savage 2000+ chipset (200 MHz core / 200 MHz mem) will be available in Q1 2000.
The earthquake in Taiwan did not damage the S3 plant, but the power has been cut for some time. Large volumes of Savage 2000 chips are currently in stock though.
Savage 2000 cards with 64 Mb of memory are unlikely to appear, also due to the sky high SDRAM prices.
At the moment there are only a few working Savage 2000 cards, and word is that even the press will have to wait another month before S3 starts to hand out samples.
The Savage 2000 chipset DOES support Environment Mapped Bumpmapping, 100% compatible with the hardware bumpmapping on the Matrox G400 chip.
The T&L engine is supposed to be comparable to the one in nVidia's GeForce, but S3 doesn't claim to free up 50% of you CPU time, though T&L will be very benefitial to (most of all) systems with slower CPU's. No word on professional Open-GL performance yet.
S3 predicts, contrary to nVidia, that the polygon count will not raise to drastically in the next year. Polygon counts in the low 10K area are expected, certainly not in the 100K area.
With the Savage 2000 chipset S3 aims at fill-rate. The Quad-texel engine is able to spit out 700 MPixels per second.
I was shown an early card (Alpha Silicon) running at undisclosed speed. Unreal Tournament ran really nice with S3TC support as well (great looking textures)... I was also shown Quake 3 1.08, but unfortunately no framerates. Everything looked really cool though....
Diamond's Savage 2000 card will be called "Viper 2"
Thanks JanKees voor de tip