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INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

"Inno3D S3 Savage 2000 review also featuring the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2. Software used was:- 3dmark 2001 SE, GLexcess, Max Payne, Quake 2, Quake 3 and Serious Sam."

INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000
VIDEOLOGIC VIVID XS KYRO 2
S3 DRIVER 2K_WIN9X_95114.ZIP (v9.51.14)
POWERVR DRIVER VIVXS37179W9X.EXE (v1.05.15.84)
MOTHERBOARD ECS K7S5A
MEMORY CRUCIAL 512MB PC133 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 98
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

QUAKE 2

640x480

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS153
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000115

800x600

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS149
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000104

1024x768

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS127
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200079

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3dnow OpenGL Driver
Massive benchmark
Fullscreen enabled
Texture Quality Full
8Bit Textures Disabled
Sync Every Frame Disabled

COMMENT "I decided to benchmark Quake 2 because I wanted to see how well the Savage 2000 and Kyro 2 performed with an older game. As expected both of the video cards performed extremely well and both delivered excellent performance in all resolutions."


QUAKE 3

640x480

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS137
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000100

800x600

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS132
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200079

1024x768

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS101
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200054

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compression Enabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The Savage 2000 performs well with Quake 3 and it's performance is very playable. However there are some problems, the floor textures look odd and trilinear filtering isn't working. I think the floor texture problems are related to trilinear problem."


SERIOUS SAM

640x480

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS102
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200069

800x600

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS96
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200048

1024x768

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS64
INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 200030

VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Quality Setting
UHSS Timedemo
Huge Texture Size
Detailed Textures Enabled
Huge Shadowmap Size
Standard Lens Flare
No Wait Vertical Retrace
Wide Screen Disabled

COMMENT "Serious Sam ran without any graphical problems and the Savage 2000's performance was playable at both of the lower resolutions. Once again the Kyro 2 is the performance leader and even at 1024x768 delivered playable frame rates."


CONCLUSION "The Inno3D Savage 2000 is a good video card which has sadly been let down by poor driver support. Installation went smoothly, 2D quality was good even at high resolutions due to the 350mhz RAMDAC. 3D image quality was good for the most part with some texture problems in Quake III and Max Payne, with better driver support these would of been corrected. Stability was very good, I didn't experience any problems with crashing or instability."
GOOD POINTS - Good performance helped by the generous 64MB memory.
Good 2D quality especially at high resolutions.
Good 16bit image quality and performance.
Installation was trouble free and the video card didn't crash once.
Can be purchased very cheaply (39/$36).
Older games (DX7) worked flawlessly and at very playable speeds.
BAD POINTS - Driver support has ceased so if a game doesn't work your on your own.
Enabling Hardware T&L reduced game performance by atleast 25%.
Quake 3 and Max Payne have some strange texture problems.
Trilinear filtering doesn't work correctly.

INNO3D S3 SAVAGE 2000

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