Matrox announces Parhelia cards
Sometimes it goes faster than you think. After the new graphics chip from Matrox, the Parhelia-512, has been around on paper for more than a month, the graphics card manufacturer has now announced the first graphics cards with this chip, which will be available in stores at the end of June.
The graphics card series with the Parhelia-512 will simply be called 'Matrox Parhelia'. The series starts with the 128 MB version, which will be available in retail and bulk versions. The chip clock is specified as 200 MHz for the bulk solution and 220 MHz for the retail solution. Later, but this summer, the introduction of a 64 and a 256MB version is planned. This means that the chip clock rate falls well short of expectations (250 MHz). For the memory clock, too, the decision was made to use a slightly slower clocked module. The memory clock of the retail solution is 275 MHz (550 MHz), while the bulk version is still 250 MHz (500 MHz). However, since the Parhelia-512 is the first graphics chip in the mainstream segment to use 256-bit memory, the above-mentioned clock rates still result in a sensational memory bandwidth of 17.6 GB/s or 16 GB/s and thus even provides nVidia's GeForce4 Ti4600 10.6 GB/s) in the shade.
All graphics cards of the Parhelia series have 2 DVI outputs. The scope of delivery includes three cables or adapters.
- Adapter cable DVI-I to two HD-15
- Adapter DVI-I to HD-15
- Adapter cable HD-15 to S-Video and Composite Video
With this accessory, up to three monitors can be connected. On the driver side, Matrox will initially only serve Windows 2000 and Windows XP. As an owner of Windows 98/Me or Linux, you look down the drain for the time being. Incidentally, the first Parhelia cards available on the market will be AGP 4xBe models. AGP 8x mode will not be available until later card revisions.
The recommended retail price for the 128 MB Parhelia Retail in the US is $ 399 (about $ 349 for the bulk version). In contrast, a whopping 549 euros have to be paid in Germany. This would make the card even more expensive in euros than products with nVidia's GeForce 4 Ti4600. The first reviews are announced for June 25, 2002. At the latest then we will know what is really in the card.