Triplex Xabre Pro - Introductionreview of the chipset. In this article I will mainly be focusing on the card itself and how it compares to nVidia's competing chipsets.The first graphics card to hit the market featuring the SiS Xabre 400 chipset is the Triplex Xabre Pro. How does it compare against the competition and most importantly, is it worth your hard earned dollars? Let's find out.
Triplex Xabre Pro - SpecificationsSpecifications- AGP Interface AGP8X-AGP3.0 compliant (Xabre Lite only for AGP4X) Support hardware auto detect for AGP1.0, AGP2.0 , AGP3.0 mode support- High Performance & High Quality 3D Acclerator Built-in a high quality 3D engine Support DircetX8.1 PixelizerTM Pixel Shader Ver 1.3 Support Bump Mapping, Cubic Mapping and Volume Texture Supports 2X/4X full scene Jitter-Free Anti-Aliasing Built-in high performance VLIW 3rd Generation T&L Engine- High Performance 2D Accelerator Built-in hardware command queue Built-in direct Draw Accelerator Built-in GDI 2000 Accelerator Maximum 128 MB frame buffer with linear addressing Supports AGP8X 533 MHz data read for all 2D engine functions- MPEG II/I Video decoder Motion Compensation layer decoding architecture Supports up to 20 Mbit/sec bit rate decoding Supports VCD, DVD and HDTV decoding- High Integration Built-in programmable 24-bit true-color RAMDAC up to 375MHz pixel clock Built-in standard feature connector logic support Built-in VIP interface(no host interface) Built-in TV Encoder Interface Built-in flash ROM programming interface Built-in VESA Plug & Display for panel Link Interface- Dual Scene Technology Companion with SiS301, support LCD+CRT,CRT+CRT,CRT+TV dual view function- Xminator XP Unified driver Optimizes DirectX8.1 and OpenGL 1.3 for Windows XP/Windows9X/Windows2000 - Frictional Memory Control (FMC) Architecture The Xabre Family series Graphic Processing Unit integrates Frictionless Memory Control architecture to boost effective memory bandwidth and improve overall memory efficiency. Basically, this means even faster and smoother frame rates when running heavy loading applications such as games etc.- Coloredeemer Technology This is a sweet and simple technology to greatly enhance the color rendering of the display. This provides full-frame rage, full-screen, high quality color enhancement to make objects more vivid and realistic. Seeing is believing. - MotionFixing Video processor Crystal clear video image is made possible by this eye-catching feature. Supports 4 fields per-pixel motion detection de-interlace function, video sources from MPEG decoder, Video capture and AVI interfaces. - Cubiclook Utility The CubiclookTM utility support wired and wireless stereo glass, AGP driver detection and over-clock function.
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Triplex Xabre Pro - Benchmarks - Quake 3 ArenaBenchmarks- Test SystemProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHzMotherboard: Abit IT7Memory: OCZ 256MB PC2700 DDR SDRAMVideo Card: Triplex Xabre PRO, Abit Siluro GF4MX440Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15GB 7200RPMDrivers: 27.20 Detonator drivers, DirectX 8.1Operating System: Windows 2000 ProfessionalSoftware Used: Quake III Arena, 3DMark2001 SE and Max PayneResults - Quake III Arena High Quality 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit colorQuake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a range of different products.
Triplex Xabre Pro - Benchmarks - 3DMark 2001 SEResults - 3DMark2001 SE 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit color3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
Triplex Xabre Pro - Benchmarks - Max PayneResults - Max Payne High Quality 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit colorMax Payne is a very popular, graphics intensive game that features full DirectX 8.0 support. Like Quake III Arena, Max Payne is able to run various time demos that test your system's performance under intense game play.
Triplex Xabre Pro - Overclocking & ConclusionOverclockingWe overclocked the card using the Triplex overclocking tool supplied on the driver CD. We were not able to clock the card any higher than 30MHz over its default core/memory clock speeds, which had a very small effect on its overall performance. I highly doubt this problem was caused by inadequate cooling or a limitation of the chipset itself, but rather a driver issue. If you are planning on overclocking, I suggest you stay away from the Triplex Xabre Pro until this issue has been sorted out.ConclusionOverall, I was very pleased with most aspects of the Triplex Xabre Pro. It provides a variety of useful features including a DVI output, a TV output and dual monitor support. On top of this, it performed very admirably against its main competitor, the GeForce4 MX, coming out ahead in all benchmarks performed. Finally, its silver PCB and stylish heatsink/fan unit are also a nice touch for modders who like to show off their PC's internals. The only area this card falls short in is overclocking, as we had a hard time getting it to run just 30MHz over its default speed.That said, at a price of around $AUD198, this could very well be the video card of choice for gamers on a budget - coming in at over $AUD10 cheaper than the GeForce4 MX440 whilst still managing to provide higher performance. The bottom line is, if you are looking for a high performing, feature-rich budget graphics card but are not planning on overclocking, don't go past the Triplex Xabre Pro. - Pros High performing Great value DVI output TV output Dual-monitor support- Cons Disappointing overclocking results Lacks a hardware vertex shaderRating - 9/10
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