VR Zone heeft een press release gepost waarin Matrox de Millennium G450 aankondigt. Volgens Matrox fansite MURC heeft de officiële aankondiging van de G450 echter nog niet plaats gevonden. Zij kregen van Matrox te horen dat de press releases die nu al in de omloop zijn over 'onjuiste informatie' beschikken. In afwachting van het officiële persbericht heb je hieronder alvast het verhaal van VR Zone.
De specificaties van de G450 waren al grotendeels bekend, dus in dat opzicht zijn er weinig verassingen. Feitelijk gaat 't om een gefacelifte G400, die een hogere kloksnelheid trekt dankzij de verkleining naar 0,18micron. Uit het oogpunt van kosten efficiency wordt er gebruik gemaakt van een 64-bit geheugenbus. Het snelheidsverlies van de smalle geheugenbus wordt gecompenseerd door toepassing van snel DDR geheugen:
Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the Matrox Millennium G450, the first graphics card to support integrated DualHead, DVI and TV output. As the company that pioneered DualHead technology, Matrox is now taking this award-winning dual-display feature set to a new level. The Millennium G450 brings integrated DVI and next-generation DualHead features to the corporate desktop market at a time when the competition is just beginning to implement introductory-level dual-display support. In addition to highly advanced technologies like DualHead, the Millennium G450’s leading-edge image quality, driver stability and all-around performance have readied this card to blaze trails in the world of corporate productivity and multitasking. In addition, the Millennium G450 also doubles as a well-rounded entertainment solution for home users with 2D, 3D, DVD, TV output, DualHead gaming and more.
The Millennium G450 (retail version)
Equipped with 32 MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory, the Millennium G450 card is designed around the highly integrated Matrox G450 2D, 3D and DVD graphics chip. As the Millennium G450’s power source, the Matrox G450 chip builds on the Matrox G400’s award-winning technology. Plus, it integrates a digital flat panel transmitter, TV output encoder, secondary RAMDAC and 64-bit DDR memory interface. Hosting all of these components onboard the Millennium G450 has allowed Matrox to introduce a more feature-rich product that is set to standardize DualHead across more markets than ever before. The Millennium G450’s DualHead technology provides immediate and valuable benefits by letting users double their display real estate by connecting two displays to a single graphics card. In fact, the Millennium G450 supports as many as eight different configurations of VGA monitor, analog flat panel, DVI-based digital flat panel and/or TV. Output to these displays is routed through the card’s VGA and DVI connectors and two adapter cables, which also enable output to a TV and second VGA monitor.
Merging business and entertainment
The Millennium G450 AGP 4X/2X graphics card features an impressive array of productivity-boosting hardware and software. Its powerful 2D engine, 256-bit DualBus architecture and 360 MHz primary UltraSharp RAMDAC pump out supercrisp 2D image quality at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536, at the highest color depths and refresh rates. Users in the mainstream and high-end corporate desktop markets, as well as in the 2D and entry-level 3D workstation markets, will benefit from the Millennium G450’s DualHead feature. Businesspeople and professionals can now enhance the way they use everyday applications with a selection of DualHead operational modes and next-generation software utilities. The Millennium G450 also natively supports all-digital output via the onboard Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connector. Hosting the digital flat panel connector directly on the Millennium G450 rather than on an upgrade card represents a cost savings of US$59 for the buyer. So should outputting to a flat panel ever become necessary, the Millennium G450 can support it—no upgrades or additional costs are involved. Finally, the Millennium G450 is equipped with Matrox’s high-quality unified drivers, making it easy for users to install, manage and update their graphics capabilities when needed.
But even serious business types such as the Millennium G450 have to kick back and have fun. Because this card builds on the Matrox G400’s 3D and video core, it also doubles as a well-rounded entertainment solution. Value-conscious home users and mainstream gamers will find the Millennium G450 flexible enough to power educational applications, home finance applications, Web browsing, email access, DVD playback and 3D gaming—including DualHead-enhanced head-to-head gaming and Environment-Mapped Bump Mapping (EMBM) enabled games. EMBM title support is growing steadily, with more than 25 currently-shipping games taking the visual reality of 3D gaming to unprecedented levels with never-before-seen special effects and intricate visual details. This easy-to-install card also packs in unique features like Matrox’s DualHead DVDMax and TV Output, both of which will leave users pleasantly surprised. With DualHead DVDMax, people can output high quality video full-screen to a TV while simultaneously using the Windowsâ desktop displayed on their monitor. For someone surfing the Web for a music video, for example, this means never losing sight of the Web page on the monitor while streaming video directly out to TV.
Pricing and availability
Priced at a cost-competitive US$145 ESP, the retail version will be available to end-users in July 2000 at the Shop@Matrox online store (http://shop.matrox.com). OEM and SI variations of the Millennium G450 will also be available via traditional distribution channels.
Drivers and O/S support
Matrox offers support for Microsoftâ Windowsâ 2000, Windows 98 and Windows 95; Windows NT 4.0; Linux; OS/2; and the upcoming Windows Millenniumâ.
The Millennium G450 bundles Micrografxâ Picture Publisherâ 8, Micrografx Simply 3D™ 3, the Matrox Software DVD Player and a handful of the latest playable game demos enhanced by DualHead and EMBM.