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Speed ​​revolution at VIA with new drivers

Speed ​​revolution at VIA with new drivers

VIA is currently working on a new 4-in-1 driver package which, thanks to a revised AGP driver, ensures performance jumps, especially in games. The drivers currently being developed under the code name 'Hyperion' will soon be available for download as VIA 4-in-1 v4.45.

VIA's current Pentium 4 chipset, the P4X400, can still do a lot be unleashed at speed. In Quake 3 Arena, the new AGP driver (v4.40) alone can post 10 percent higher frame rates and 3DMark2001 can also increase slightly.

P4X400 Quake 3 Arena
  • 640x480:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      364.5
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      331,1
  • 1024x768:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      345.5
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      319.7
  • 1280x1024 :
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      287.9 ​​
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      277.5

Particularly interesting ant are the first test results on a KT333 and KT400 system. Here, too, there are performance advantages without exception. Quite surprisingly, the KT400 benefits more from the driver update than the somewhat older, but actually faster, KT333. If the KT400 with the older drivers was still inferior to the KT333 in 1024x768 in Quake 3 Arena, it will run away with the upcoming version.

KT333 Quake 3 Arena
  • 640x480:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      251.0
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      249.0
  • 1024x768:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      247.9
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      246,5
  • 1280x1024:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      235.8
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      234.7
KT400 Quake 3 Arena
  • 640x480:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      260, 8
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      250.2
  • 1024x768:
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 B eta
      254,1
      faster than KT333
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      243.5
  • 1280x1024 :
    • VIA 4in1 4.45 Beta
      238.4
      faster than KT333
    • VIA 4in1 4.43 Final
      228,3

The idea of ​​an artificial brake is almost imposed here. However, this is pure speculation on our part. The wait for the new VIA 4-in-1 drivers definitely seems to be worthwhile, because after all, all platforms seem to benefit from them, even if only slightly. VIA has not yet announced an official release date.