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LinuxLookup: Matrox G400/G450 Review

Jan 23, 2001, 01:07 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The G400 and G450 are Matrox's latest foray into the world of multiple-monitor cards. While these two are not the only multi-monitor cards that Matrox produces, they are certainly the most affordable. Part the reason for this is Matrox's engineering on these cards allows them to do multi-head using only a single graphics chip. The other cards, the G200-MMS Dual and G200-MMS Quad respectively use one chip per monitor, thus increasing the cost considerably."

"Don't expect a speed demon when it comes to Matrox cards. However, I have see some performance gains over other cards in some games. Tests of Quake III give an average frames per second (fps) of 45. Tests in Descent 3 give an average fps of 35 indoors and 12 outdoors. Where these particular cards excel is not in games, but in the business and development group of users."

"The Matrox G400 and G450 are both multi-head cards. That means that the one card can drive two monitors at one time. In fact, the board has two VGA connectors built in. That said, there were some versions of the G400 that were only single-head, or one monitor cards. You can however contact Matrox for an upgrade to that card if you desire."

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