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Maybe it's because Matrox is a privately held company, so it doesn't have shareholders clamouring for a sexy new 3D product to drive up the company's stock price.

Not being an exception, however, doesn't mean the G can't be exceptional at what it's designed to do. Like the G before it, the G focuses on features for the business world rather than 3D frame rates for gamers. We all know the G is a Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics of an enigma, but is it really especially well suited for the business niche? Is its 3D performance really that bad? The card The Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics isn't much to look at.

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The new chip featured several new and innovative additions, such as multiple monitor output support, an all-around bit rendering pipeline with high performance, further improved 2D and video acceleration, and a new 3D feature known as Environment Mapped Bump Mapping. Internally the G is a bit processor, Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics what Matrox calls a "DualBus" architecture.

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This is an evolution of G's "DualBus", which had been bit. A Matrox "DualBus" chip consists of twin Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics buses internally, each moving data into or out of the chip. This increases the efficiency and bandwidth of data flow within the chip to each of its functional units.

G's 3D engine consists of 2 parallel pixel pipelines with 1 texture unit each, providing single-pass dual-texturing capability. It is purely a Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics 6. Perhaps the most notable feature of G is its ability to drive two separate monitors to display a single desktop.


This feature is known as "DualHead" and was a decisive edge for Matrox over the card's competitors at the time. The DualHead capability not only offered desktop widening but also desktop cloning two screens showing the same thing and a special "DVDMAX" Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics which outputs video Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics onto the second monitor. Matrox's award-winning Powerdesk display drivers and control panel integrated Dualhead in a very flexible and functional way that become world-renowned for its effectiveness.

However, contrary to the video mode's name, G does not support full DVD decoding hardware acceleration.

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G does have partial Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics for the DVD video decoding process but it does not perform inverse discrete cosine transform IDCT or motion compensation in hardware Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics two most demanding steps of the process. 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. Only a few games supported the feature, such as Dungeon Keeper 2 and Millennium Soldier: EMBM requires either specialized hardware within the chip for its calculations or a more flexible and programmable graphics pipeline, such as later DirectX 8.

G's rendering pipelined uses what Matrox called "Vibrant Color Quality 2" VCQ2a functionality in which all internal 3D calculations are done with bit precision. The goal was to prevent dithering and other artifacts caused by inadequate precision when performing calculations. The result was the best quality bit and bit color modes available at Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics time.

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Matrox was known for their quality analog display output on prior cards and the G is no exception. Where many cards were crippled by blurry output, especially as the resolution and refresh rate increased, the Matrox cards Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics very sharp and clear images.


B Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics, that are fully 4X compliant and run at the higher speed if the motherboard is capable as well. Performance[ edit ] G was known for being particularly dependent on the host system's CPU for high 3D performance.

This was attributed both to its architecture and to the poor drivers it relied on for much of its life especially OpenGL ICD. With regard to its hardware, G's triangle setup engine, called the "Warp Engine" ironically, was somewhat slower than the counterparts aboard the competition's cards. Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics

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However, the Warp engine was programmable which theoretically enhanced flexibility of the chip. Unfortunately Matrox never described the functionality of this component in-depth so little is known about it. The G is a video card made by Matrox, released in September The Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics.

Matrox clocked the G core at MHz, just like the plain G availability of Millennium G PCIe, the world's first PCI Express x1 graphics card. The Matrox G is an EOL product and is no longer being manufactured or sold by Matrox. Consult The Matrox G is a dual Matrox G400G450G550 Graphics AGP graphics card.

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