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However, within a few months after release, the Parhelia was completely overshadowed by ATI ‘s far faster and fully DirectX 9. The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3 , which typically cost half as much. The card’s fillrate performance was formidable in games that used many texture layers; though equipped with just 4 pixel pipelines, each had 4 texture units. Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers. However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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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Matrox Parhelia Precision SDT

To further improve analog image quality, 5th order low-pass filters are used. Unlike previous products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration. The “” suffix refers to the bit ring bus. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers. The frame buffer is in RGBA The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion.

Released init was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. The card’s fillrate performance was formidable in games that used many texture layers; though equipped with just 4 pixel pipelines, each had 4 texture units. Retrieved from ” https: 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. This, parheloa, proved not to be an efficient arrangement in most situations.

The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware. However, within a few months after release, the Parhelia was completely overshadowed by ATI ‘s far faster and fully DirectX 9. However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. From Wikipedia, the parhlia encyclopedia. However, it was all a bit of a moot point because Parhelia’s performance was not adequate to drive most DirectX 9-supporting titles well even without more complex shader code weighing the card down.

Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine that starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1]. Due to their equivalent pricing against faster cards, the Parhelia never got a significant hold in the market.

Originally, Matrox planned to produce the “Parhelia 2” successor, codenamed “Pitou”. Dual link TMDS is supported via external controller connected katrox the digital interface.

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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. 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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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. In other projects Wikimedia Mtarox.

This page was last edited on 1 Augustparuelia As had happened with previous Matrox products, the Parhelia was released just before competing companies released cards that completely outperformed it. The Parhelia remained a niche product, and was Matrox’s last major effort to sell into the consumer market. However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently. It remained a niche product, while nVidia and ATI control the majority of the discrete graphics chip market. Later in Parhelia’s life, when DirectX 9 applications were becoming quite prevalent, Matrox acknowledged that the vertex shaders were not Shader Model 2.

The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half parheliia much. After the launch of Parhelia, Matrox released Parhelia-LXwhich supports only bit memory and has only 2 pixel pipelines.

In JuneMatrox announced the release of M-Series video cards.