S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review :: Gameplay

04-26-2005 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

Atari's Act of War is the latest RTS game for the computer. I'm a big fan of games like Command and Conquer Generals and Warcraft III. Act of War has you take the role of Major Jefferson in a war against oil terrorists. The GammaChrome plays this game OK. Playing the game at 1024 x 768 is ok as long as you play with only two players online at the same time (Yourself and one computer opponent). With several computer opponents (3 or more) the game was unplayable. The system was a 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition so the likely cause was the graphics card.

Half Life 2 was the best game released last year. You take the role of Gordon Freeman in a first person shooter with all sorts of nifty graphical effects. The game requires a DirectX 9.0 class card (Pixel and Vertex Shader 2.0) to fully enjoy the visual splendor. You can, of course play the game with a DirectX 7.0 or 8.0 card, it just won't look as nice. On the S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro, the game was playable up to 800x600 if you aren't picky about the game. One thing to note, that the GammaChrome does not apply AA or AF if you choose "by application". However, if you set AA and AF in the driver, the GammaChrome will set and AF. I tried playing this game with AA and AF on, but it was unplayable on the GammaChrome.

Counter Strike: Source was the squad based multiplayer of Half Life 2 last year. This game played much smoother than HL2 did. This is a case where two games on the same engine play completely differently on the same card. The game played smoothly up to and including 1280 x 1024 maximum settings. I'm gratified that the game plays well on this card.

Psychotoxic is the latest game released on the market literally a few days ago. Its system requirements are rather low for a computer game today: 1.3 GHz Pentium III processor higher (2.6GHz or higher recommended), 128MB RAM (512MB RAM recommended), 4X CD/DVD-ROM drive, GEFORCE 3 64 MB (GEFORCE FX 5700 or higher recommended), RADEON 7000 64MB (ATI RADEON 9600 128MB or higher recommended). An S3 GammaChrome should be able to play this game with few issues. Unfortunately, the game would not correctly render the walls or ceiling in the game. Instead of walls and ceilings, you see the sky. It can be especially distracting as the game is completely unplayable with this card.


S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro Video Card Review