Mark S> (alias VTec) bezorgde ons een link naar deze review van de Diamond Viper II Z200 videokaart gebaseerd op de S3 Savage 2000. Helaas is de kaart gebenchmarked op een low-end P2-266 systeem zodat de CPU vaak de limiterende factor was. Hieronder de conclusie:
So, how does the card measure up? Because of the limited speed of my CPU, it is difficult to give a good impression of the raw speed of the card. But, I wasn't disappointed with the performance in Q3A. Direct3D performance was not so good, however.
As for the delivery of promised features, full-scene antialiasing and anisotropic filtering are missing. In my opinion, those features aren't that important, so I won't miss them. More serious of course is the lack of T&L in the drivers. On my system, T&L could have made a big difference, because it would have handled the work the CPU has to do. As already said, OpenGL T&L support should be available in the near future, while the future of DirectX support for T&L isn't really clear
It's good to see that the drivers are really progressing. The recently released 9.01.09 DX6 drivers seem to have fixed many issues with 3D Winbench2000, and includes many promised features that weren't present in the retail drivers. The DX7 drivers still need some work, and my guess is that they therefore aren't available yet.
To mention what has become the S3 cliché, the card shows a lot of potential, but it needs some driver work to bring out that potential. In comparison with other cards, the Savage2000 seems to be situated between the TNT2 and GeForce.