MATROX PARHELIA 128 MB DRIVER

Retrieved from ” https: Unlike previous products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently. The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3 , which typically cost half as much. Due to their equivalent pricing against faster cards, the Parhelia never got a significant hold in the market.

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Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers.

The card’s fillrate performance was formidable in games that used many texture layers; though equipped with just 4 pixel pipelines, each had 4 texture units. Dual link TMDS is supported via external controller connected to the digital interface. Originally, Matrox planned to produce the “Parhelia 2” successor, codenamed “Pitou”. For example, in a flight simulator or sim racingthe middle monitor could show the windshield while the left and right monitors could display the side views offering peripheral vision.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Parhelia was the first GPU by Matrox to be equipped with a bit memory bus, giving it an advantage over other cards of the time in the area of memory bandwidth.

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While the Parhelia possessed an impressive raw memory bandwidth much of it was wasted on invisible house-keeping tasks because the card lacked the ability to predict overdraw or compress z-buffer data, among other inefficiencies. To further improve analog image quality, 5th order low-pass filters are used.

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However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently. Retrieved from ” https: Released init was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo.

Matrox Parhelia

In JuneMatrox announced the release of M-Series video cards. The “” suffix refers to the bit ring bus.

In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. Later in Parhelia’s life, when DirectX 9 applications were becoming quite prevalent, Matrox acknowledged that the vertex shaders were not Shader Model 2. 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.

This page was last oarhelia on 1 Augustat The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unlike previous products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration.

Due to their equivalent pricing against faster cards, the Parhelia never got a significant hold in the market. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware.

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However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine that starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1].

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The Parhelia remained a niche product, and was Matrox’s last major effort to sell into the consumer market. As had happened with previous Matrox products, the Parhelia was released just before competing companies released cards that completely outperformed it. However, within a matrxo months after release, the Parhelia was completely overshadowed by ATI ‘s far faster and fully DirectX 9. However, it was all a bit of a moot point because Parhelia’s performance was not adequate to drive most DirectX 9-supporting titles well even without more complex shader code weighing the card down.

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The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half as much. The frame buffer is in RGBA This, unfortunately, proved not to be an efficient arrangement in most situations. After the launch of Parhelia, Matrox released Parhelia-LXwhich supports only bit memory and has only 2 pixel parhslia.

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