S3 adds Chrome 440 GTX to graphics lineup
However, S3 has outfitted the Chrome 440 GTX with GDDR3 RAM, and it claims the new card offers higher overall performance than the DDR2-powered 430 GT. A chart on its website shows the newcomer yielding a 15% greater score than AMD’s Radeon HD 3470 in 3DMark06 on Windows Vista. For reference, S3 claims its Chrome 430 GT outperforms the slower Radeon HD 3450 by 20% or so in the same benchmark.
S3 has opted to price the Chrome 440 GTX at only $69, making it just $10 pricier than the 430 GT. That’s also about $10 more expensive than the Radeon HD 3470, a Sapphire-built version of which can be had for $59.99 on Newegg. The 3470 has passive cooling, although it doesn’t have a low-profile circuit board design.