G have a huge potential, Matrox really put the chip clock unnecessarily low. This is the oldest Matrox chip you can play Unreal with and it shows. And it finally has a bilinear filter. Matrox still could not be bothered with OpenGL driver. Following chips were about making G more cost efficient. Since two of them are fully opaque and fully transparent, there is only 14 patterns to cover intermediate steps from half to fully transparent.
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Playing with G I can see why, it looks like inside is just a t100 of Mystique’s 3d engine even if feature set is closer to G on paper. And it finally has a bilinear filter. That is right, no steps between half transparent and opaque! The whole point of Productiva was to be good cheap office card and therefore 3d ap is even less desirable than with Millennium.
Good news is that unlike Mystique and Millenium II this card displays textures in all games, only world texturing of Half Life and Thief resists.
Matrox Productiva G review
Parhelia appealed only to small niche and Matrox left this arena to concentrate on graphics technologies for other uses. Those checkboards are even more abusive and more frequent too. G also support 24 bit color 3d rendering. It is faster than Mystique even with extra features, but basic 3d rendering looks similar. After some time Matrox attempted a comeback to the high performance market with Parhelia in summer Don’t tell me they were scared of 3dfx’s patents.
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This raised my expectations regarding gaming speed, but surprisingly it did not exceed tested 4 MB G unless ayp capacity is of concern. I found mba difficult to believe such low chip clock inpersonally I would expect divider of 2. Since two of them are fully opaque and fully transparent, there is only 14 patterns to cover intermediate steps from half to fully transparent. Following chips were about making G more cost efficient. Why didn’t they advertise this?
Rain, shadows even environmental maps can be easily rendered by proper amount of ordered black pixels. The patterns are defined for 4×4 pixel squares by four bit register, meaning 16 options.
Epilogue So much about a chip that should have play games until release date arrived and Matrox turned on a dime. This b100 the oldest Matrox chip you can play Unreal with and it shows. Surprise Since Matrox quickly remove wgp gaming bells from G just like with Millennium II criticism of 3d capabilities would be off the place.
Despite being the slow one among new architectures it was very different from previous MGA chips because Matrox became for first time 3d image quality leader.
But Matrox pulled this one mgz after press announcement claiming G is a powerful DirectX 6 accelerator and quickly drop such boasting later. I am more inclined to believe that Matrox realized how silly it was to come out with this stipple alpha madness in and decided to pretend they were not even trying to be good in 3d.
Despite its release just one month before G and being pin compatible with it, those two have little in common. Continue to performance summary.
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Well, this is one of the ugliest filters I saw, but it still helps. That optional divider of 2 would explain how can my two G cards with very different system and memory clock perform as they do. G got all the attention. At least with this card 32 bit depth becomes realistic possibility and allowed me to confirm mipmap selections of G are indeed problematic. Also G can properly render fog of distance. Gaming experience Good news is that unlike Mystique and Millenium II this card displays textures in all games, only world texturing of Half Life and Thief resists.
G have a huge potential, Matrox really put the chip clock unnecessarily low. I found out one big thing, G supports multitexturing.
Alright, forget what Matrox said about powerful 3d accelerator and welcome to the domain mgx corporate computers. These are the times when vsync on slow display makes me a sad panda.