Matrox last week announced two new models in its Millennium and Mystique graphics card range, using the new G200 2D/3D chip.
The Millennium G200 and Mystique G200 come in 8Mb and 16Mb versions, and both support AGP 2x. The Millennium is aimed at business and 2D/3D design users, and uses a 250MHz RAM Digital-to-Analogue Converter (RAMDAC), a new 128-bit DualBus architecture, and a new 3D rendering engine using Matrox's Symmetric Rendering Architecture (SRA).
Support is included for future add-ons including a Flat Panel display daughterboard, the Matrox Rainbow Runner digital video editing board, a TV-Out display board and a DVD hardware acceleration board.
The DualBus architecture employs two independent 64-bit buses that operate in parallel to double the 2D performance of the card. It also uses Dual Command Pipelining, which allows the read and write stages of consecutive commands to be carried out simultaneously. Matrox claims this gives the Millennium G200 refresh rates of up to 85MHz at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, and 24-bit colour at a 1920 x 1200 resolution using the 16Mb card.
The Millennium's SRA feature takes advantage of the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) bus, using AGP memory as if it were onboard video memory. This means it can use the full 528Mbps bandwidth of the AGP x2 bus in parallel with fast local memory.
The Mystique G200 offers the same feature set as its Millennium stablemate, but it uses a slower 230MHz RAMDAC, SDRAM instead of SGRAM.
Both cards will be available in July or August. The 8Mb cards will be priced at #110. Pricing for the 16Mb versions has not been decided.
Matrox: 01753 665500.
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