And it finally has a bilinear filter. Soon the prices dropped to dollars and G was presented as office card- and it was excelent at that. That is unimaginable for 8ns chips, another reason to reject old dividers. The big geeky question is what is the 3d engine exactly. The shocker came next year when G with all the traditional advantages of Matrox showed framerates on par with hyped TNT2 and Voodoo3. In most cases games on G looks better than on Mystique, but there are situations when that horrible blending ruins it all.
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I am saving screenshots at this position amtrox compare texturing of the fence. Pictures cannot tell how it looks in games with intensive blending.
In the office I could very well be happy with such a card. Like so often with early 3d cards you better disable mip-mapping though, or you will face some random mip level switching. Matrox still could not be bothered with OpenGL driver.
HP Matrox MGA G100 (328011-001) 4 MB AGP Graphics adapter
afp With small 3d polygons faster chip wins, large polygon fills are more limited by memory bandwidth. Anyway, this should mean Matrox was second to the gaming market with multitexturing.
G got all the attention. Continue to performance summary. Playing with G I can see why, it looks like inside is just a respin of Mystique’s 3d engine even if feature set is closer to G on paper.
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At least with this card 32 bit depth becomes realistic possibility and allowed me to confirm mipmap selections of G are indeed problematic. It is faster than Mystique even with extra features, but basic 3d rendering looks similar. The big geeky question is what is the 3d engine exactly. Following chips were about making G more cost efficient.
Matrox Productiva G review
This Hewlett-Packard card will be your guide in the amazing world of stipple alpha blending. In most matgox games on G looks better than on Mystique, but there are situations when that horrible blending ruins it all. Parhelia appealed only to small niche and Matrox left this arena to concentrate on graphics technologies for other uses. And it finally has a bilinear filter. 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.
After some time Matrox attempted a comeback to the high performance market with Parhelia in summer That is right, no steps between half transparent and opaque!
Matrox MGA G100 (G+/PROA/8BN/20) 8MB AGP Graphics adapter
Unfortunately G suffers from mip-mapping errors in more games, even those there it cannot be disabled. Last totally failing titles are Populous: Other games tested do not support single pass multitexturing, which means there are still more performance enhancements in G compared to Mystique. Since two of them are fully opaque and fully transparent, there is only 14 patterns to cover intermediate steps from half to fully mgag-100.
The “winner” is clear already. Why didn’t they advertise this?
View Matrox screenshot gallery Overclocking G have a matro potential, Matrox really put the chip clock unnecessarily low. I am more inclined to believe that Matrox realized how silly it was to come out with mg-ag100 stipple alpha madness in and decided to pretend they were not even trying to be good in 3d. But Matrox pulled this one out after press announcement claiming G is a powerful DirectX 6 accelerator and quickly drop such boasting later.
This is the oldest Matrox chip you can play Unreal with and it shows.
It offered more of geometry performance and color precision which is good for professional applications, however, games suffered from poor pixel fillrate. These are the times when vsync on slow display makes me a sad panda. I found it difficult to believe such low chip clock inpersonally I would expect divider of 2. All the specifications you can find around web say otherwise, but the numbers speak for themselves.
I did that for my benchmark, as it decrease performance a bit and somewhat compensates for that low IQ.