Bij Beyond 3D is een review te vinden van de Diamond Viper II gebaseerd op de Savage 2000 chip van S3. Tsja, en ook hier dezelfde conclusie: leuk kaartje, maar door de manke drivers is de performance vaak ver onder de maat.
The future of the Viper II is very questionable. While it is certainly true that the drivers are very immature, is that the only thing holding it back from it's full potential? Or is bandwidth the real issue? As 3D accelerators are becoming more and more powerful, bandwidth is becoming more and more important. There is certainly a lot of potential behind the Viper II even if a bandwidth limitation exists. Driver optimization is really the key for S3 right now. A primary focus for them needs to be reducing the amount of time the CPU is forced to deal with the drivers. If they can do that, performance will certainly go up for everyone, especially ones who don't have the absolute fastest CPU. And of course if S3 can/does get T&L going on the Viper II, that will also take the geometry load off of the CPU in supporting games.
So is the Viper II for you? That is the big question, and I don't think anyone can honestly answer it right now. There is certainly a lot of potential with it, if S3 can get the drivers in line and up to speed and the T&L engine active. That is the big thing. S3 certainly doesn't have the best reputation for drivers, but with Diamond now a part of them hopefully they can get things together and deliver some very solid ones soon. If they can do that, they'll have a great product. However, if they can't, they'll have seriously hurt their reputation and will make their next round of products a much harder sell.