The 20K+ 3DMark score made me wonder. S3 is a bit overconfident with their statement I believe. Inquirer has a story on this recently developed chip.
The chip will be clocked at 300MHz+ for the graphics processor and 300MHz+ for memory, and will use plain DDR. The second version of the card will work on 240MHz+ for the graphics engine and 300MHz+ for memory.
S3 believes that the Columbia "will perform in the 20K+ range for 3DMark2001SE" and outscore even the Radeon 9700 Pro from ATI, and close to the NV30 from Nvidia.
Delta Chrome retail boards should be available in Q2 starting from $90.
The cards will not use any kind of tile based rendering but will be optimised for "far more than hierarchical z". The firm calls it an Advanced Deferred Rendering feature and claims it will improve efficiency of the card. Advanced Deferred Rendering can do many things as well as front to back and back to front Z-culling.
Vou fazer que nem São Tomé só acredito vendo..