When I first bought a PC, the Matrox Millenium G200 was the cream of the crop, in terms of graphics cards. With excellent 2D and very good 3D performance it was one component that I specifically requested in my machine.
When I finally received my new machine (back in November 1998) I was ... Read review
Brilliant 2D, great for business use, also comes in PCI
Bit long in the tooth, poor 3D performance compared to latest cards
"...first bought a PC, the Matrox Millenium G200 was the cream of the crop, in terms of graphics cards. With excellent 2D and very good 3D performance it was one component that I specifically requested in my machine.
When I finally received my new machine (back in November 1998) I was amazed by the picture quality that this card outputted to a fairly poor monitor. The text was crisp and readable all the way up to 1024 x 768, which was the most my monitor ..."
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Manufacturer's product description
Millennium G200 is Matrox's most powerful graphics card for professional business graphics. This AGP 2X uses 8MB SGRAM and the new MGA-G200 64-bit DualBus graphics chip to provide advanced 2D, 3D and video acceleration. It can be upgraded to 16MB SGRAM.This graphics card supports AGP level 2X, which includes direct memory execute mode and sidebands. A sideband is an additional data path to the system memory apart from the main bus. Sidebanding lets the graphics processor line up new data requests as the main bus continues to gather data. Direct memory execute goes straight to the system memory for textures and pulls them directly into the graphics processor. These two technologies increase the AGP bandwidth and speed up data transfers. Millennium G200's hardware-accelerated 24-bit color produces photo-realistic images to view or edit graphics, documents, Web pages and designs at ultra-high resolutions without PC-slowdown. Millennium G200 brings entry-level workstation performance to the PC with its high-level, high-speed performance. It uses 32-bit vibrant color quality rendering architecture and an advanced setup engine to support all 3D special effects. It accelerates Direct3D and OpenGL applications with advanced alpha-blending, bi-linear filtering, tri-linear mipmapping, fogging, anti-aliasing and specular highlights. Its advanced setup engine processes over 1.5 million triangles per second and can process full-featured Direct3D and OpenGL polygons with high frame rates. Millennium G200 provides software MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video acceleration to playback multimedia CD-ROM and DVD titles at full-screen, full-motion. It is fitted with both a front and back-end scaler for high image quality. It also will accept the upcoming Matrox G-series hardware DVD accelerator for the highest quality DVD playback.IBM backs the Millennium G200 with a year parts warranty.