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Reviewed: Millennium G400 32mb
Manufacturer: Matrox
Product Type: Videocard
ESP: $160
Required System: P166, 64mb Ram, 16mb HD, AGP2X Compatible Motherboard, Win95+
Reviewer's System: C400mhz @ 450mhz, 64mb Ram, G400, DX7.0, Win98
Overall Rating:
Author: Chris Kim       Date: November 19th 1999
Page: 1

Product Review:

In the past, videocards had very little affect on how well games or programs would run. The processor was pretty much all that was factored into running games or applications well. But those days are now gone, and videocards now play a vital role in the world of 3D Acceleration and gaming. The most important factor of 3D gaming performance is the 3D accelerator nowadays. With all the advancing technologies of 3D Acceleration and six month lifetimes, 3D technology is easily outdated as the same day it was released. It seems just like yesterday the original Voodoo Graphics chipset was released as the first ever 3D add-on card that boasted 3D accelerated enabled graphics on the PC screen. And about an hour ago that the ground breaking nVidia RIVA TNT was released, it was the first ever 2D/3D integrated solution that actually competed at the same level as the 500 pound monster of 3dfx, the Voodoo 2. Of course, videocards weren't always just about 3D, back in the day when 2D acceleration was on the verge, one name always stood out as the quality leader at the top of the peak, Matrox. The Millennium series held the tradition by which all graphics cards should compare their 2D quality to.

The previous chipset from Matrox, was the G200 chipset, which delivered very strongly on the 2D side of things with excellent acceleration and quality, the 3D image quality was excellent of the card, however, the one downfall of the chipset was how excruciating slow the acceleration was. Matrox was then disregarded for a while from the gaming scene with absence of two generations, then entered their newest chipset, the G400. The new chipset, the G400, was set to blow the socks off of current videocard generations with its robust features and performance. What does the card say in other graphics chipsets faces?

Millennium G400 Board
Millennium G400 Board With
AAVID Fan for Overclocking

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Added:  Friday, November 19, 1999
Reviewer:  Chris Kim
Page: 1/9

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