The creepy feeling of hardware masochism. The G is a 2D, 3D, and video accelerator chip for personal computers designed by Matrox. 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. G’s biggest problem was its OpenGL support. By shrinking the core, costs are reduced because more chips are made per wafer at the factory, and Matrox can take the time to fix earlier mistakes in the core, and trim or add new functionality.

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Matrox Millenium G 32MB PCIe photos

However, for business users willing to invest in the technology, it does have benefits. Millennlum it seems that Matrox doesn’t really have much to show with the G Video capturing was possible but drivers are still based on VfW.

You can see that the features on the card endear it to a much different market than one that would purchase a GeForce3. Matrox tried to make stable drivers for several months but with no luck.

This page was last edited on 4 Januaryat 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 specifies Millennium II clock to 62,5 MHz, mine runs at 62,05 and some boards were even down to Mystique was their most feature-rich 3D accelerator inbut milennium lacked key features including bilinear filtering.

This meant that the primary monitor could run much higher resolutions and refresh rates than the millenniium. Matrox had been known for years as a significant player in the high-end 2D graphics accelerator market. The application functions like an instant messaging program but instead of text, you see the HeadCasting accelerated 3D head talking to you.


There are some good points for Millennium II. Created by the company of the same name, DigiMask software lets you create an accurate 3D amtrox of a persons head using software bundled with the card.

It does Matrix Pallete Skinning part of the DX8 spec in hardware with up to 32 matrices and splits things up per vertex, per triangle or per draw, depending on what needs to be done. Where many cards were crippled by blurry output, especially as the resolution and refresh rate increased, the Matrox cards delivered very sharp and clear images. 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.

Matrox’s G550 graphics card

Cards had 4 MB of memory and could be expanded with modules of 4, 8 or even 12 MB memory. On the version tested, the card has a regular pin D-SUB connector and a seconday DVI connector and versions exist with dual DVI connectors for hooking up 2 digital flat panels or 2 digital millenniuum.

Views Read Edit View history. They aren’t out to create the fastest gaming accelerator and have no cards to compete in that sector at the moment. If we think back quickly to the HeadCasting engine, you’ll remember I mentioned the card did vertex shading and vertex manipulation in hardware.


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It has the maximum compliment of 32Mb of memory, the most the chip supports and full support for AGP4X and bus mastering. Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays.

It’s just not a gamers card sadly but will no doubt appeal to some of you for the other features. The G makes use of its vertex and pallete skinning engine to support hardware skinning and vertex shading for supposedly phot realistic heads.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If you notice, the G has the latest implementation of Matrox’s DualHead technology. Again, such undisclosed variations aren’t very nice.

Matrox Millenium G 32MB PCIe prices

Continue to Productiva G review. Boards shipped with dual analog VGA connectors. Connecting two monitors through a Y-cable rather than directly mullennium the video card had me a little worried about signal quality, but the cables Matrox provides for both DVI and analog interfaces are nice and beefy.

Only a few games supported the feature, such as Dungeon Keeper 2 and Millennium Soldier: The card struggles playing Quake3 with everything on and the Gainward Ti ends up being over 8 times faster at x Matrox took the technology developed from the G project, refined it, and basically doubled it up to form the G processor.