Sensation: SiS 735 Beats AMD 760
Our latest tests left us almost speechless. The SiS reference board - sporting the brand new SiS 735 chipset - clearly beats the competition with the AMD 760 module in terms of performance. More than that, the SiS reference is impressive due to its perfect system stability, something previously unheard of from this Taiwanese manufacturer. So with its 735 chipset the wilting wallflower usurps the throne once occupied by the AMD with its 760, and dons the performance crown. This is a fact for which many will need time to digest.
And yet the story behind SiS does not reveal an exemplary company with a good grasp of the upwardly mobile end-user market. For the past 10 years, starting from the days of 486 PCs, this manufacturer has only been serving project customers to build budget-priced boards with integrated graphics for low-cost systems. To ease its conscience, SiS has made half-hearted attempts every two years to gain a foothold in the end-user market. However, their chipsets could stand up to the competition in only one respect: price. Otherwise, boards carrying the SiS logo were typically characterized by poor performance, faulty device drivers and high support costs for motherboard manufacturers. Quite a few board manufacturers even decided not to use SiS chipsets at all for a while.
It remains to be seen whether or not SiS knows how to position the 735 chipset correctly in the market and to make it attractive for motherboard manufacturers. In any case, the old argument - that price is the only deciding factor - is now history. We have subjected both of the new SiS chipsets with DDR support to extensive testing: the SiS 635 for all Intel processors and the SiS 735 for the AMD platform.