Benchmarks were done in Windows 98 Ver 4. TV-Out No TV-Out is minor issue to most users, however it matters if you are an avid gamer and buy things like wireless keyboards and invest heavily on a nice flat TV! Installation of the S is basically peanuts like installing any card, simply slide it in and fasten the screw! The Installation, Driver features and Programs. With Diamond’s desktop lineup being composed entirely by solutions from NVIDIA and S3, there must be an incredible level of attention paid to making sure that their own products don’t compete with one another. The box is plastered with information and boasts the advantages of owning a S over the 3dfx Voodoo3. The core also was un-overclockable as that portion was shaded in the PowerStrip options In other words, disabled.

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Diamond Stealth III S540 graphics card – Savage4 Pro – 32 MB

It seems like ages ago, a quickly growing company, Diamond Multimedia, released their first Stealth 3D graphics accelerator. Few technical specifications are found on the box and there is only a six page installation guide 5s40 is just the size of a CD cover. For the uninitiated, Mira is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, so it’s not some unknown brand. I wonder if this is Diamond’s intepretation of saving paper??? Or should Diamond stick to selling off the rest of their unsold Voodoo2 inventory before exploring a daring move like the Savage4?

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Diamond Stealth III S Xtreme Review –

Subscribe to our newsletter. While S3 was lurking in the background, Diamond made a few new friends by the names of 3Dfx now 3dfx and Rendition. As mentioned earlier, I tried to overclock the card but PowerStrip refused to let me try speeds above It’s redundant if you ask me. Unfortunately, the transition from this mock-up 3D accelerator market to the powerful 3D industry of today was ill made by S3, and the company faded into the shadows not to be heard from for quite some time.


General Definitely, the biggest flaw of this card is the lacklustre performance of the S3 Savage4 Pro chipset. Thermal Issues Yes, this is one of the most cruicial viamond of this review, as seen from the images above, the Savage4 sports a heatsink without a fan courtesy of Diamond!

Like the Diamond tradition, the S is “manual-less”. It seems that I have to open one end to get the video card and the other end to the manuals and CDs, nothing difficult if the card is yours, since you simply rip open the package, something difficult for me since this is merely a loan! TV-Out No TV-Out is minor issue to most users, however it diajond if you are an avid gamer and buy things like wireless keyboards and invest heavily on a nice flat TV!

Stealtb guess this feature was meant for convenience, but since we all are so used to clicking the Start button, won’t it become redundant?

Also, the card was nicely detected and within several reboots I had the S running benchmarks, proving its ease of setting up! Following the Diamond tradition, the S comes in a huge box that bears an attractive cover design, it is also nice to know stealtth Diamond actually hires a designer to design the box, not getting their engineers to do the job, a fine tradition that is worth keeping.

Diamond Stealth III S Xtreme Review

Most of us are familiar with Savage4 based graphics products. The memory chips being used is the Mira 7ns type.

This isn’t a big deal, but should you want to upgrade your RAM, you diaond have sfealth remove the S first, which is very inconvinent! Descent 3 xx16 OpenGL. How much does the 41MHz increase to the Savage4 core clock and the additional 23MHz frequency in the memory clock affect performance? Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. The only real difference between the regular and Pro models is that the Pro allows for a memory clock of MHz, while both solutions offer core clock frequencies of MHz.


Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme Review

At the same time, Diamond’s new InControl Tools 99 utility comes bundled with the card and should help make tweaking your card a more pleasant experience.

Diamondd would have loved to push this card a little higher and see some results!

We also included the results of some of the more expensive top dogs into the review to provide an idea where the performance of these medium range graphics boards sit. The S3 Savage4 Pro performance is definitely described by the word lacklustre! According to Vijay’s tests the Spectra manages The next most important thing that the S lacks would be a TV-Out function.

The Stealth 3D would prove to be a member of a multiplying faction of “3D” accelerators of the time, which actually barely resemble today’s wave of standard 3D accelerators in the least.

Later on, an up and coming company named NVIDIA also joined the bunch, providing Diamond with a killer lineup of high performance 3D accelerators that were tailored to fit the needs of virtually every unique user. The box is plastered with information and boasts the advantages of stealthh a S over the 3dfx Voodoo3.