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Product: Marvel G400 TV
Company: Matrox
Website: http://www.matrox.com/mga
Estimated Street Price: $299.00
Review By: Julien JAY

Conclusion

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation & Setup
3: Features
4: More Features
5: Advanced Features
6: Compatibility
7: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Matrox Marvel G400 TV multimedia all-in-one graphics card.

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
Installation: 85%
Manual: 80%
Performance: 80%
Drivers: 95%
Help Files: 85%
3d features : 75%
TV quality : 85%
Video capturing : 90%
Video Software : 80%
Price: 75%
Overall: 83%

The Marvel G400 TV is probably the best of the current all-in-one multimedia graphics boards. The continuous Matrox support to develop new drivers, including OpenGL ones is a token of compatibility. TV and video features are great and allow everyone to turn its PC in a real multimedia platform. 3d features are not on top comparing to recent board but are sufficient enough for actual games. Both home and business users will find the top quality 2D and DualHead capability a very tasty addition, while gamers are likely to find the image quality excellent and Direct3D performance a big increase over other graphics cards and for those of you who want good DVD performance without shelling out for a separate DVD-Decoder card can't really go wrong. However there’s one drawback with such a board: when you’ll change it you’ll loose your TV tuner and video capturing features. Finally we can say that overall the Marvel G400 TV is a good buy but some of you may want to wait for the hypothetical upcoming Marvel G450 TV.

Overall Score

83%

Version Reviewed

Drivers Version 5.52
Matrox G400 OpenGL ICD

Release Date

Out Now

In The Box?

1 Marvel G400 AGP Board

3 CD (Contains drivers, games, video software)
1 Instruction Manual
1 Quick Installation Sheet

1 S-Video Cable
1 External connectors’ box

1 cable for the external box

Audio cables

The Good Points

Easy To Install
Great 32Bit Color Performance
Wonderful Image Quality
Hardware EMBM
Great Video features with goo hardware engine

Good TV features

The Bad Points

Avid Cinema software can be better in terms of GUI,

No twain support

Average 3d features,

Not enough Video RAM

Reviewers PC Setup

Pentium III 800EB

Windows 98 Second Edition
256 Meg SD-Ram
DirectX 7.0a
SoundBlaster Live! Platinum
17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Freestyle Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 (USB)
DVD Setup: Pioneer 40/10x
HD : Maxtor 30Gb UDMA 66

PC Required

Windows 95/98/2000 Or Higher
Intel 233Mhz CPU or higher (PII 350 for DVD playback)

32Mb of RAM

AGP enabled system

CD/DVD-ROM Drive
Integrated USB 1.0 Controller or USB 1.0 Controller Card
300MB Hard-Drive Space

VCR & Video Camera

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