Hieronder een hap uit de press release van de Diamond Viper II met de Savage 2000 chipset. De kaart zal ergens eind deze maand in de winkels liggen.
Diamond Viper II comes powered with S3's own Savage 2000 processor and 32MB on-board memory to deliver true next-generation 128-bit 2D/3D graphics acceleration. It is also the first mainstream graphics accelerator to deliver a single-pass Quad-Texture(TM) engine designed for fast action multi-textured games. Capable of running all 3D processing functions without causing system delays, Viper II features a state-of-the-art transformation and lighting engine, in addition to S3's trademarked S3TC processing technology, to provide consumers with the ultimate tool for obtaining the maximum in visual quality for today's intense 3D applications. Customers can also run resolutions as high as 2048x1536 with fillrates of up to 500 Mtex/s. Additionally, Viper II delivers full API support for DirectX 7.0, 6.1, Direct 3D, OpenGL ICD and driver support for Windows 95/98, and Windows NT 4.0.
Optimized for high-quality digital video playback, Viper II features TV output, a dynamic, multi-tap scaler and an integrated third-generation motion compensation engine for hardware accelerated DVD applications. S3's feature-rich Savage 2000 board also includes Diamond InControl Tools 99, an enhanced desktop utility tool designed to enhance gaming and business applications.
S3's Savage Software Bundle
S3's Diamond Viper II comes with a suite of PC games, including a full version of Acclaim's TrickStyle(TM), an exclusive S3TC level of ID Software's Quake III(TM) and playable demo versions of Criterion's Jetboat(TM), Hot Chix(TM), Gear Stix(TM) and Tower of the Ancients. Through S3's Diamond GameZone, Viper II customers can also go online and select two additional games from Chumbo.com. Customers pay cost of shipping. Additionally, customers receive a free hour of gameplay for Infograme's SlaveZero(TM) (OEM version), hosted by NetActive(TM) by Channelware. Gamers have the option to purchase and download the full title.