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Product: Matrox Millennium G400 32MB Dual Head
Company: Matrox
Estimated Street Price: 150/$149.95
Review By: Byron Hinson

Benchmarks & Games Tested

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation & Driver Quality
3: 2D & VCQ
5: DualHead
6: DVD Playback
7: Benchmarks & Games Tested
8: Overall
9: Screenshots

I have tried out a large number of applications and 2D/3D games on the the Matrox G400 with some very good results across the board. The major noticeable improvement over other graphics cards currently is the excellent Direct3D support.

Games Tested

Here is a list of games that I have tested with the G400 to see if they work and I have also compared the performance of each game to my previous graphics cards. I was pleased to see that only one game didn't work and that was Fifa 99 which wouldn't run because it said the G400 wasn't a supported D3D Driver.

List Of Games Tested With The G400




Does The Game Support 32 Bit Color?
Nocturne Yes Better Yes
Sinstar Unleashed Yes Better Yes
Heavy Gear 2 Yes Better Yes
Hidden & Dangerous Yes Better Yes
Aliens V Predator Yes Better Yes
Star Wars: Racer Yes Better No
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Yes Better No
Tomb Raider 3 Yes Better Yes
X-Wing: Alliance Yes Better Yes
Kingpin Yes Better * Yes
Fifa 99 No (My problem Not the G400's) Unknown No
Reah (DVD) Yes Same No
Midtown Madness Yes Better No
Monster Truck Madness 2 Yes Same No
Quake 2 Yes Better * Yes
Half Life Yes Better * Yes
Unreal (225 Beta) Direct3D Only Worse Yes
Dungeon Keeper 2 (V1.5) Yes Better Yes (Not fully supported)
Mig Alley Yes Better Yes
Outcast Yes Same 2 No
C&C 2: Tiberian Sun Yes Same 2 No
Championship Manager 3 Yes Same 2 No

1 Performance over my previous 3D graphics card - the Voodoo 2 8MB.
2 Doesn't require a 3D Graphics Card
*Using OpenGL ICD Version

Quake 2 OpenGL - Massive1.dm2 demo Benchmarks

Matrox are currently make good progress with their OpenGL ICD drivers, with the latest drivers (The ones I have been using for this review) I have seen a large increase frame rates across all OpenGL games, although there is still some work to be done before it reaches its peak.

Resolution Pentium 450 - 128MB Ram
640x480@16bpp 60.0
800x600@16bpp 52.0
1024x768@16bpp 48.5
640x480@32bpp 57.5
800x600@32bpp 50.0
1024x768@32bpp 47.0

*Using OpenGL ICD Version 5.21.017


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