Let me skip some of the long history of the company and start with the inception of MGA- 64 bit Matrox Graphics architecture. In Matrox introduced the Matrox Impression, an add-on card that worked in conjunction with a Millennium card to provide 3D acceleration. Mystique is powered by SG chip, evolving from Millennium’s W. The alpha blending patterns are visually poising many games as well. Quake games look just as bad like d3d titles, for all the hardware limitations. In the late Matrox released Impression Plus board, able to theoretically render k Gouraud shaded polygons per second. Unlike Millennium these boards had friendly pricing and still good GUI performance as one would expect from Matrox.

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The imrpession combo of lack of fogging, filtering and proper blending View Matrox screenshot gallery Incidentally OpenGL games can give a hint of Matrox’es Simple Interface, because Techland wrote a driver based on MSI library for their game using Quake 3 engine.

Wikimedia Commons graphi media related to Matrox video cards. Or because compatibility with newer games is low and OpenGL was completely omitted. There was also the manufacturing cost consideration that comes with a larger processor size.

In Next Generation called Millenium “the definitive 2D accelerator. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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There are few games were old with slower clocks beats fast and likely ability to texture from system memory is the reason. However, that card only could accelerate a very limited feature set, and was primarily targeted at CAD applications. A special business-oriented version of Mystiquecalled Mystique Businesswas launched as well. The Impression was aimed primarily at the CAD market.


Its 2D support rivaled the best cards available for performance and quality, however. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Without mipmapping support, textures in the distance appear to “swim”, waving around and appearing “noisy”, because the gaphic detail wasn’t being properly managed and this caused texture aliasing.

Older 3d chips of Matrox had separate unit for shading and depth interpolation, but in Mystique these are now part of the DPU.

Matrox Mystique – Wikipedia

The newer Millennium card also contained 3D capabilities similar to the Impression Plus, and was nearly as limited. Mystique has DAC integrated to the core and plain synchronous memory interface to reduce board complexity and costs much below expensive Millennium. This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat Since then, Matrox has continued to shift the focus of its card designs towards specialized, niche markets, moving more deeply into enterprise, industrial, and government applications.

Matrox’s first graphics card product was the Gfaphic for S bus computers, released in Mystique is powered by SG graphiic, evolving from Millennium’s W.

Matrox Mystique

PCI interface was enriched by bus mastering. The company’s reasoning for not including the higher-quality features was that performance was more important than visual quality. It handles parameter interpolation, impresison correction, transparency, lookup table, lighting in true color precision, dithering and has own FIFO for addresses.


Not to be confused with Maxtor. First decision is if to leave default 2: But most of Direct3d games could use it, especially big low resolution textures like skies looks horrible unfiltered.

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Archived from the original on Through the s, Matrox’s cards followed changes in the hardware side of the market, to Multibus and then the variety of PC standards. Matrox Mystique Let me skip some of the long history of the company and start with the inception of MGA- 64 bit Matrox Graphics architecture.

ipmression Fortunately Matrox Overclocking Tools are fun to play with once you get used to the formula. Matrox Graphics is the primary consumer and end-user brand, while Matrox Video markets digital video editing solutions, and Matrox Imaging sells high-end video capture systems and “smart cameras”, video cameras with a built-in computer for machine vision applications.

Later versions in the Matrox G series were never able to regain the crown, and despite huge claims for the Matrox Parheliatheir performance continued to be quickly outpaced by the major players. Matrox is an umbrella name for two legal entities:. Mystique was Matrox’s most feature-rich 3D accelerator inbut still lacked key features including bilinear filteringfoggingand anti-aliasing support.

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