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However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. Released in , it was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo. Views Read Edit View history. Originally, Matrox planned to produce the “Parhelia 2” successor, codenamed “Pitou”. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware. Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine that starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1]. The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3 , which typically cost half as much.

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This, unfortunately, proved not to be an efficient arrangement in most situations. In JuneMatrox announced the release of M-Series video cards. Originally, Matrox planned to produce the “Parhelia 2” successor, codenamed “Pitou”.

The Parhelia series was Matrox ‘s attempt to return to the market after a long hiatus, their first significant effort since the G and G lines had become uncompetitive. Despite the lackluster performance for its price, Matrox hoped to win over enthusiasts with the Parhelia’s unique and high quality features, such as “Surround Gaming”, glyph acceleration, high resolutions, and 16x fragment anti-aliasing.

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For example, in a flight simulator or sim racingthe middle monitor could show the windshield while the left and right monitors could display the side views offering peripheral vision. The Parhelia remained a niche product, and was Matrox’s last major effort to sell into the consumer market.

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In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently.

Unlike aprhelia products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration. The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half as much. The “” suffix refers to the bit ring bus. Retrieved from ” https: The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware.

Released init was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo. magrox

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Later in Parhelia’s life, when DirectX 9 applications were becoming quite prevalent, Matrox acknowledged that the vertex shaders were not Shader Model 2. However, it was all a bit of a moot point prahelia Parhelia’s performance was not adequate to drive most DirectX 9-supporting titles well even without more complex shader code weighing the card down. However, within a few months after release, the Parhelia was completely overshadowed by ATI ‘s far faster and fully DirectX 9.

While the Parhelia possessed an impressive raw memory bandwidth much of it was wasted on invisible house-keeping tasks because the card lacked the ability to predict overdraw or compress z-buffer data, among other inefficiencies.

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It remained a niche product, while nVidia and ATI control the majority of the discrete graphics chip market. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine mn starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1].

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To further improve analog image quality, 5th order low-pass filters are used. Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers. Due to their equivalent pricing against faster cards, the Parhelia never got a significant hold in the market.

The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a matrkx level gaming immersion. The Parhelia was the first GPU by Matrox to be equipped with a bit memory bus, giving it an advantage over other cards of the time in the area of memory bandwidth.

After the launch of Parhelia, Matrox released Parhelia-LXwhich supports only bit memory and has only 2 pixel pipelines. However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor mv million vs.

As had happened with previous Matrox products, the Parhelia was released just before competing companies released cards that completely outperformed it. Dual link TMDS is supported via external controller connected to the digital interface. The frame buffer is in RGBA The card’s fillrate performance was parhelka in games that used many texture layers; though equipped with just 4 pixel pipelines, each had 4 texture units.