It’s just not a gamers card sadly but will no doubt appeal to some of you for the other features. I didn’t experience any signal quality problems. Dell returns to the stock market after six years. Lets take a look at the formal specification. This was the same as G Finally, we’ll take a quick look at the OpenGL performance of the card using Quake3. The 3D capabilities of G were identical to G

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Video conferencing works fine and you get a more human interaction. Customize The Tech Report The situation was eerily similar to what had happened with the older G, with its near-total lack of credible OpenGL support. The DualHead capability not only offered desktop widening but also desktop cloning two screens showing the same thing and a special “DVDMAX” mode which outputs video overlays onto the second monitor. Matrox is known for mayrox incredible 2D image quality on earlier products.

Chip Specification and Technology We’ll take a formal look at the specification shortly. Finally, we’ll take a quick look at the OpenGL performance of the card using Quake3. This was attributed both to its architecture and to the poor drivers it relied on for much of its life especially OpenGL ICD.

Being a relatively new part, the card also has hardware support for the major D3D and OpenGL primitive formats and is a full bit renderer along the entire pipeline including bit multitexture and final bit colour output.

Matrox Graphics – Products – Graphics Cards – G-Series – G LP PCI

This lets the card do realistic facial animations and other operations which call upon the MPS functionality. Only a few games supported the feature, such as Dungeon Keeper 2 and Millennium Soldier: G does have partial support for the DVD video decoding process but it does not perform inverse discrete cosine transform Magrox or motion compensation in hardware the two most demanding steps of the process.


Findings within a release of Matrox graphics drivers MGA Due to this lack of industry-wide support, and its toll on the limited graphics hardware of the time, EMBM only saw limited use during G’s time.

This is an evolution of G’s “DualBus”, which had been bit. The software transmits the HeadCasting data back and forth over the network and the HeadFone software animates the talking head at the other end using the HeadCasting engine on the G Matrox made it very clear that they were committed to supporting OpenGL, however, and development rapidly progressed.

It does Matrix Pallete Skinning matrod of the DX8 spec in hardware with matroxx to 32 matrices and splits things up per vertex, per triangle or per draw, depending on what needs to be done.

Matrox Graphics – Products – Legacy Products – G-Series – G

However, contrary to the video mode’s name, G does not support full DVD decoding hardware acceleration. Video capturing was possible but drivers are still based on VfW.

While it would be nice if the card was a full Martox part and managed to perform very well in 3D applications, that’s simply not the case. This isn’t intended to embarass the Matrox in anyway, it purely serves to highlight that the G is not a gamers card.


Matrox G550 Low Profile PCI

Perhaps the most notable feature of G is its ability to drive two separate monitors to display a single desktop. Lets take a peek under the hood and see what hardware the card has 3D wise.

The chip had 3 pixel pipelines with 3 texture units each. A Matrox user going by name Adis hacked original drivers to make the card work under Windows Conclusion So, we’ve seen that the G is not a gamers card. However, the Warp engine was programmable which theoretically enhanced flexibility of the chip. In the G incarnation, the DualHead technology is taken to the next step.

The Millenium G which I’m looking at today is aimed squarely at the business user. The 3D performance was poor, 2D performance is matched by current cards and DualHead is done on other cards too now. No Interruptions Day Shortbread. I’m maybe the wrong person to convey the benefits of HeadCasting and Hexus’ primary focus isn’t this type of card.

Matrox’s G550 graphics card

This page was last matdox on 4 Januaryat I recently reviewed the Gainward GeForce3 Ti on the same base platform, all that has changed is the graphics card. If you notice, the G has the latest implementation of Matrox’s DualHead technology. This limits the secondary display to a resolution of only x on analog monitors, while the primary display can sustain a massive a x pixel landscape.