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S3 brings discrete graphics to the masses

S3 brings discrete graphics to the masses

If you want to run Windows Vista and its fancy Aero glass effects, all reports are that your PC will need a dedicated 3D graphics card to make the new operating system look its best. While ATI and Nvidia of course have their own low-end cards, S3 Graphics also enters the low-end fray with its new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express graphics cards.

They are available in two models, the bottom-of-the-barrel ChromeS25 and the slightly better ChromeS27 (each with various memory configurations), so expect prices to range from $50 to $150, making it easy for people to upgrade a desktop with an unoccupied PCI Express slot. You won't find the latest 3D bells and whistles (no Shader Model 3 support, for example), but each card should offer at least enough oomph to run Vista in all of its alpha-blended glory. Expect to see ChromeS20-series cards on store shelves by the end of this month.