Again, my bet is that the video driver is lacking. Typically smaller numbers for these settings indicate faster times. I am not into 1st person shooters, used to be. Would installing Win98 make my problems go away? I will call the place I got the system from maybe.

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Drivers were again an issue with S3’s product; holding back overall performance and causing compatibility issues with software and hardware. You’re reading the wrong column on the VIA page. In earlyS3 retired the Savage3D and released the Savage4 family.

I’m not sure if they completely work under Savave either I don’t think that they do. It was never sold, only prototypes exist. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Savage XP was the first chip announced by the regrouped S3 in Register a new account. No change to the flashing unit bases. Savage4 supported the then-new AGP 4X although at the older 3.

Most of the code base is probably very similar between these two chips and they would most likely have the same graphic problems.

I wouldn’t say that your upgrade has been useless, but built-in video typically has all sorts of performance compromises or driver quality issues.

Be aware that if you consider an ATI card that they don’t support fog tables under DirectX at least to the extent that CM needs – hence sabage don’t appear. Typically smaller numbers for these settings indicate faster times.


S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR – Free download and software reviews – CNET

Windows 98 might improve the graphics quality, but that is strictly a guess. It might be possible to overcome this with registry tweaks that would most likely sacrifice performance for video quality if such registry settings are available to be changed or added. The latest one I can find is dated August 16, though that may not be the actual release date.

Views Read Edit View history. Many of the Savage3D’s limitations were addressed by the Savage 4 chipset. Again thanks for all the help sb.

I can’t get it back to that point. Savage4 was an evolution of Savage 3D technology in many ways. It would clearly be faster, even in 2D, than my Voodoo3 right? Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

However it is very likely that it won’t offer anything beyond what the video drivers already do. savagf

VIA/S3 86C420 graphic drivers for Microsoft Windows XP 32bit (10 files)

I will go right ssvage to S3 and see if I can find a better driver. The chipset showing up is the Intel version. They added single-pass multi-texturing, meaning the board could sample 2 textures per pixel in one pass not one clock cycle through the rendering engine instead of halving its texture fillrate in dual-textured games like Savage 3D.


Are there known issues with this thing? The next step would be to uninstall your current video drivers and install an older version. I doubt that you would find much of a difference in the drivers however.

Unfortunately for S3, deliveries of the Savage3D were hampered by poor manufacturing yields. Development of Savage as a discrete card was discontinued. The S3 chip is built into the ‘northbridge’ of your motherboard chipset and it uses a ‘shared memory’ UMA scheme for its video memory.

These should provide a good improvement over the built-in video of your motherboard. An AGP card should work fine and improve the situation quite a bit though there probably savagr much of a difference between a Voodoo PCI card and the AGP version from what I’ve read about 3dfx products.

They’ve also started to update the drivers at least the latest chips a little more frequently.