For the past few months, we've been hearing all about the S3's Savage2000 and how it would utterly crush the upcoming chipsets from ATI, NVIDIA, Matrox and 3dfx. Massive "fill-rates" and T&L performance numbers were being thrown around the net that would place this chipset beyond what anyone else was claiming at that point in time. During that timeframe, I was given the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the chipset (as reported in the
What is the Viper II?
The Viper II is based on S3's latest chipset a .18-micron package that is supposed to offer on-board Transform & Lighting (T&L), hardware texture compression (S3TC), single-pass quad texture blending, hardware assisted DVD playback (through motion compensation and 16-tap upscaling/downscaling) and a reasonable price tag of $199.00 (USD). The board is running at 125 MHz core and 155 MHz memory speeds that are much lower than the anticipated 200MHz speeds that were rumored to be released.