Drivers & Bundled Software

The Stealth II's Software Bundle is a bit disappointing, considering it IS a gaming card, however that $99 pricetag had to be achieved somehow...

  • Acclaim Entertainment's ForsakenTM
  • Electronic Arts Moto RacerTM
  • Sierra On-Line, Inc.'s Half Life-AVI

  • Sierra On-Line, Inc's SODA Off Road Racing

  • EIDOS Interactive's TerracideTM

  • Psyngosis, Ltd's Wipe Out XLTM

  • Diamond InControl Tools 95

 


Incompatibilities

  • Some RRedline games may have problems locking the refresh rate setting of the Stealth II during gameplay and will result in a garbled or distorted display.  If this happens, you can obtain a patch from Rendition's site which will lock the refresh rate at 60Hz.

 


How I Tested

  • Each benchmark was run 3 times, with the final result being an average of the three.  If any of the three test runs resulted in a failure the entire score was made void and the set of three tests was run again until a reliable set could be achieved or until the benchmark tests failed 3 times in a row.

  • The FIC PA-2012 VP3 Based Socket-7 AGP Motherboard was used for all Socket-7 CPU tests and the AOpen AX6L LX Based Slot-1 AGP Motherboard was used for all the Pentium II tests.  Both test systems were configured identically with no differences other than the motherboard and processor.

  • A full 400MB Quake 2 installation was performed, as well as a full installation of Winstone 97 and Winbench 98.  The CDROM drive present was an AOpen 24X.

  • The Quake 2 Timedemo Frame rates were achieved by typing the following in the Quake 2 Console (hit the '~' key to activate):
                                    TIMEDEMO 1
                               DEMOMAP DEMOx.DM2

       Where x is the corresponding demo number (either 1 or 2) .  All Quake 2 tests were run at 640 x 480

  • All other tests were run at 1024 x 768 x 16 bit color

  • No foreign drivers were present in the test system other than those required for the system to function to the best of its ability

  • All foreign installation files were moved to a separate partition during the test as to prevent them from effecting the test results

The Test

Test Configuration

Processor(s): AMD K6/233
Cyrix 6x86MX-PR2/200+
Intel Pentium MMX - 233
Intel Pentium II 300 (512KB ECC)
Motherboard: AOpen AX6L LX Based Pentium II Motherboard
FIC PA-2012 VP3 Based Socket-7 Motherboard
RAM: 1 - 64MB Corsair SDRAM DIMM (w/ EEPROM)
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC21600H
Video Card(s): Diamond Stealth II S220 (4MB SGRAM)
Video Driver(s): v4.10.01.0101 - 10/30/97

 

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