Bij Gamers Depot is vandaag een review online gekwakt van de Diamond Viper II kaart gebaseerd op de Savage 2000 van S3. Vanwege de Quake III optimized drivers presteert hij daarin ietsie beter dan een SDR GeForce.
As we can see from the Benchmarks the Viper II's drivers are obviously optimized for Quake III, especially under 32bit mode where the SDR GeForce is lacking as usual. Although the drivers seem to not fair as well under Direct3D, they still don't do too badly, and I'm sure they'll get better with time. Notice that under Unreal Tournament (D3D Mode) the Viper II starts to surpass the SDR GeForce at the higher resolutions because of the SDR limitations. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how well this card did, I mean after all it's an S3 chip, and it's great to see them finally come out with a product that can compete on the high end scale.
As far as S3's S3TC (S3 Texture Compression), it seems that good game support for this technology is still a ways off. Currently only a handful of games support it, namely Unreal Tournament.