Despite the lackluster performance for its price, Matrox hoped to win over enthusiasts with the Parhelia’s unique and high quality features, such as “Surround Gaming”, glyph acceleration, high resolutions, and 16x fragment anti-aliasing. It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Before you get too excited about GigaColor, there are a couple of things to note. However, the prospect of getting Parhelia’s features at a more reasonable price should be quite tempting for businesses and multimonitor enthusiasts. Standard bit color, which has 8 bits of precision per color channel, yields a comparatively unimpressive shades of red, green, and blue for only

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About us Privacy policy Mailing list Mobile. The Parhelia series was Matrox ‘s attempt to return to the market after a long hiatus, their first significant effort since the G and G lines had become uncompetitive. With only half of Parhelia’s 3D graphics power, the P definitely isn’t targeted at high-end 3D workstations or gaming machines.

Views Read Edit View history. The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion. Dell returns to the stock market after six years.

Fourteen months ago, it looked like Matrox might have found an edge with the high-end Parhelia. Well, OK, it’s a metal cap.

First, GigaColor doesn’t work with stretched desktops across multiple monitors. The “” suffix refers to the bit ring bus. Matrox’s drivers enable GigaColor mode in Windows, but non-3D applications also have to be patched in order to support GigaColor.


However, it was all a bit of a moot point because Parhelia’s performance was not adequate to drive most DirectX 9-supporting titles matrkx even without more complex shader code weighing the card down. Customize The Tech Report Due to their equivalent pricing against faster cards, the Parhelia never got a significant hold in the market.

Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers. When Parhelia was released, its DirectX 9-class vertex shaders were milleium of the game, but today 2.

Matrox Parhelia – Wikipedia

In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently.

The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half as much. That’s generally millenlum acceptable tradeoff, because 2D desktop applications don’t use the alpha channel. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware.

Matrox Millennium P (AGP 8x, 64MB) Overview – CNET

GigaColor’s 10 bits of precision per color channel yields shades of red, green, and blue each that can be mixed and matched to produce over one billion colors. Retrieved from ” https: Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing However, Matrox won’t divulge the Millennium P’s core or memory clock speeds, which makes handicapping the card’s real-world performance more difficult.


Originally, Matrox planned to produce the “Parhelia 2” successor, codenamed “Pitou”. Graphics Previous page Next page. Since TripleHead only supports three monitors via a stretched desktop, it’s completely incompatible with GigaColor.

The P probably won’t offer much in the way of gaming performance, but a high-quality TV output could make the card attractive for those looking to put together media-centric PCs. The Millennium P comes with a bit memory bus and 64MB of memory.

Considering the targets Before I get into too much detail on the Millennium P, I should take a moment to highlight Matrox’s target markets for the card. Much has changed, however, in the four years since the G Max’s release.

Read on to find out. In bit GigaColor mode, Matrox scales back alpha channel precision from eight to two bits.

Matrox’s Millennium P750 graphics card

Glyph Antialiasing is gamma corrected, and users can even set their own gamma preference levels for text. The card The Millennium P’s small size is easily its most striking feature. LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture.