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SiS enters the 3D Arena - Xabre on Trial - Overclocking and Conclusion

SiS has been known in history for their less-than-stellar line of graphics chips for past several years now. With new R&D tactics SiS has braved the 3D front once again with the Xabre GPU. Breathtaking products from SiS have been few and far between, but some of the latest SiS products have been receiving good press, does the Xabre have what it takes to compete with the nVidia GeForce 4 MX460 in the value/mainstream market place? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us an answer!

| Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 23, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: SiS

Overclocking

 

Overclocking on the Xabre reference card was surprisingly impressive. Being clocked at a default speed of 250MHz core and 250MHz memory clock we managed to run a maximum speed of 308MHz core and 295MHz (590MHz DDR) memory clock through the latest version of PowerStrip. We found this rather surprising since this is a reference card which we don't usually see good overclocking results from.

 

Conclusion

 

In the past we have seen that SiS 3D chipsets have been something that should have been placed in a wood heater rather than a PC, to be perfectly honest. The new strategy from the R&D team at SiS has turned a few heads, not only with the Xabre but with their new AMD and P4 chipset offerings...That's what first made me think "Have they done it?"...The answer is Yes.

 

Hardware wise the Xabre exceeds the limits normally set for a value based 3D accelerator, and while being able to keep within relatively close proximity of the Geforce MX460 (its main competitor, SiS tells us), with these early drivers competing against nVidia's mature drivers, is quite impressive.

 

SiS needs to now divert a bit more effort into researching their drivers, as they still need some tweaking and patches for games to allow the pixel shader technology to be fully optimized, as well as ironing the bugs out that we saw and others have seen.

 

Summing it up SiS have done an excellent job to produce a very well rounded video card that could be the next biggest vale card that the Geforce 2 MX originally was, only time will tellÂ…

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Excellent Overclocking

 

Hardware T&L Engine

 

128mb memory

 

- Cons

 

No hardware vertex shader

 

Driver issues causing crashes in some benchmarks

 

Rating - 8.5/10

 

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