Preview of Matrox Parhelia: DirectX 9 not quite fulfilled

Preview of Matrox Parhelia: DirectX 9 not quite fulfilled


After Matrox entered the consumer market in 1999 with Dual -Head capable modern 3D cards and has meanwhile almost excluded the competition, you now add a briquette and offer 3 simultaneous, but independent output devices. Triple-head or surround display technology for short.



With this phalanx of output options, of course, the entire range of dual-head options is available, as many users have already come to appreciate. In addition, 'Surround Gaming' offers the option to increase the graphics output of a game from, for example, 1280x1024 to 3840x1024 and to play and, of course, work with an extended field of view.

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The one with three monitors, in the sky the one with three TFT flat screens appreciate if he's having good peripheral visionIs provided. Otherwise Matrox 'surround gaming will end in a ruff with sore muscles in the neck.

Quake Multi-Display
Flight Simulator Multi-Display

(preliminary) conclusion

If the guys from xBit Labs haven't had a lot of fun here, the world of 3D graphics can only be excited That’s what will ensure customer-friendly competition on the graphics card market this year.

3Dlabs have already presented their highly programmable chip, Matrox will follow suit on Tuesday and ATi and nVidia will not be idle in their development departments either be. It seems strange, however, that so far none of the two chips presented fully meets the DirectX 9 specification.

Matrox will certainly be able to regain the performance crown with the Parhelia for a short time at least, but at what price?


Made in 0.15µ, equipped with an extremely complex 256-bit interface, the Parhelia will certainly not be available at a bargain price, although versions with different memory configurations are planned (64, 128 and 256MB). Surround gaming pleasure should start with the 128MB version at around 400 US dollars, which would be around 515 € plus the higher margins that are usual in Europe. The complete card, in which every megabyte receives a bit of connection, would be around 25% more expensive.

Hopefully the Parhelia will not be just a feasibility study, as quoted by Digit-Life, which is only supposed to polish up the image of Matrox, but which is tooNobody will be able to afford exorbitant prices, but that at least the 64MB version is in price ranges that are considered halfway normal for today's graphics cards.

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