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As said earlier, G suffered at launch from driver problems. Views Read Edit View history. Matrox was known for their quality analog display output on prior cards and the G is no exception. The May 20 th release of the successor to the G, the G , made quite a few gamers smile but very little attention was paid to the potential this single chip provided for an upcoming Marvel product. In short, what would you get if you coupled the strengths of the original Marvel G with the functionality and performance of the semi-newly released G graphics chip? The card is surprisingly small for something packed with so many features. Video capturing was possible but drivers are still based on VfW.

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Matrox Marvel GTV (NTSC) Overview – CNET

The goal was to prevent dithering and other artifacts caused by inadequate precision when performing calculations. Matrox made it very clear that they were committed to supporting OpenGL, however, and development rapidly progressed. MGA-G processor added a second pixel pipeline, hardware transform and lighting, and the HeadCasting Engine, a hardware implementation of a vertex shader for accelerated matrix palette skinning. Matrox really packed the components tightly together.

Log in Don’t have an account? With regard to its hardware, G’s triangle g400tv engine, called the “Warp Engine” ironically, was somewhat slower than the counterparts aboard the competition’s cards. Where many g400-tv were crippled by blurry output, especially as the resolution and refresh rate increased, the Matrox cards delivered very sharp and clear images. It was also equipped with a hardware transform and lighting h400-tv capable of processing 20—30 million triangles per second.


Matrox Marvel G400-TV (NTSC)

Hardware MJPEG capturing can be unstable but software compression, using a good video codec, gives much better results anyway. OnMatrox Graphics Inc. The G chip itself is covered with a huge heatsink, and despite the lack of active cooling runs pretty cool. Internally the G is a bit processor, using what Matrox calls a “DualBus” marrvel.

Hardware One Reviews – Matrox Marvel GTV (Page 2)

The 3D capabilities of G were identical to G Views Read Edit View history. Or imagine how helpful matdox would be to have your audio editing applications open in one monitor and have your video editing tools open on your TV at the same time.

A Matrox “DualBus” chip consists of twin unidirectional buses internally, each moving data into or out of the chip. Rather than releasing generation after generation of the same Marvel G product, Matrox sat quietly away in their Canadian based offices and worked towards designing an even better solution since the Marvel G did have its flaws in order to live up to the success of the original Marvel.

Overall, Matrox was pleased with the way things went with the product and it would make perfect sense for them to improve on it.

Boards shipped with dual analog VGA connectors. With anti-slip feet at the bottom of the box, I had no problems placing it on marvell of my CPU casing, even with the heavy Marvel cable attached.


Codenamed ” Toucan “, it was a more powerful and refined version of its predecessor, the G All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from April Webarchive template wayback links.

Matrox Marvel G400-TV

Overclocking tests showed that the core was unable to achieve higher speeds than G even though it was manufactured on a newer process. However, the Warp engine was programmable which theoretically enhanced flexibility of the chip.

A Matrox user going by name Adis hacked original drivers to make the card work under Windows When we first looked at the Marvel G on paper it seemed like there was very little you could do to make the Marvel G any different from the original Marvel.

The notches in this connector tells you that it is AGP4x. Marvep other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Despite the feature, it is inaccessible by DirectX driver. This was attributed both to its architecture and to the poor drivers it relied on marvell much of its life especially OpenGL ICD. The chip had 3 pixel pipelines with 3 texture units each.

This was the same as G Even with initial driver difficulties, Matrox G was very competitive.