Graphics offers 16MB solution for less than $250: Memory upgrades for MGA-G200
products offer superior performance for every application at the lowest price
For Immediate Release
E3 - Atlanta, Georgia - Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the pricing
and performance benefits of its new line of graphics accelerators outfitted with 16MB of
memory. The Matrox Millennium G200
(8MB) and Matrox Mystique G200 (8MB)
are both upgradeable to 16MB providing exceptional performance enhancements for all
Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT applications.
The upgrade offering is designed for PC enthusiasts and professional users demanding
maximum performance for 3D games and 2D/3D applications like CAD, high resolution true
color image editing and desk top publishing. The Matrox Millennium G200 8MB SGRAM upgrade
will sell at $79 and the Matrox Mystique G200 8MB SDRAM upgrade will sell at $49 (ESP) .
This means a fully expanded 16MB Matrox Millennium G200 will cost $248 and a Matrox
Mystique G200 will cost $218 (ESP).
"The Matrox Millennium G200 and Mystique G200 are engineered to provide demanding
professional graphics users and PC enthusiasts with the superior performance required for
all graphics intensive applications," says Dan Wood, Senior Product Manager, Matrox
Graphics. "With 16MB of memory onboard, end users benefit from the highest
resolutions and color depths for optimal performance at a great price point."
While games used to typically be played at 640 x 480, or sometimes 800 x 600 - additional
memory and fast graphics chips have changed the landscape of 3D gaming. On new game titles
like Monolith's SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division, the Matrox Mystique G200 with 16MB runs at
resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 at 16-bit color. The MGA-G200's 32-bit Z-buffer provides
accurate depth precision that can be maintained with 16MB of on-board memory at high
resolutions. The enhanced image quality this delivers is a requirement game developers are
demanding. In addition, 16MB of memory allows for more room in off-screen memory to store
images and textures, eliminating the need to swap and thrash them from system memory while
driving up performance.
With graphics chips like the MGA-G200 capable of triple buffering, 3D games can run at
over 30 frames per second and display true-to-life vibrant images but require more memory
than the standard 8MB, making the Mystique G200's memory upgradeability key to getting the
best performance. Triple buffering creates a third rendered surface in graphics memory
maximizing rendering performance without causing any visual artifacts. Since high
resolutions occupy more memory and often restrict the option to triple buffer, using 16MB
creates the ability to triple buffer while simultaneously operating at high resolutions.
For example, when triple buffering is activated, 3D games like Activision's BattleZone
require 10MB of memory for frame buffers and the 16-bit Z-buffer, but can still run at
resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 at 32 fps with 16MB of memory on board in 16-bit color. On
an 8MB board, triple buffering is inactive because there is not enough memory and results
in games like BattleZone running at only 24 fps.
Using Matrox's new Symmetric Rendering Architecture (SRA), the Millennium G200 and
Mystique G200 treat AGP memory as local video memory and implement a hierarchical
texturing system for 3D rendering. The SRA is designed to take advantage of a local
onboard video memory pool at 16MB so users can benefit from high-resolution triple
buffering and extra texture storage for higher performance.
Applications in 2D are also greatly enhanced with 16MB of memory. While working in Adobe
Photoshop, it becomes easier to store images off-screen and work in 24-bit true color for
crystal-clear image displays at the highest resolutions. Upgrading to 16MB of memory
allows users to operate at 2D resolutions up to 1800 x 1440 in 24-bit true color where 8MB
of memory allows for a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 at a resolution of 24-bit. Since
more of the image being drawn is viewed on-screen, CAD users are able to work in
exceptionally high resolutions, therefore reducing the need for zooms and pans.
Pricing and Availability
- The Millennium G200 8MB upgrade is available in
Q3 for $79 (ESP)
- The Mystique G200 8MB upgrade is available Q3 for
A Montreal-based graphics chip designer and board manufacturer, Matrox Graphics Inc. is a
leader in the graphics industry. In 1993, Matrox was the first to introduce a 64-bit
graphics engine for the PC market with its MGA Series and the first to introduce high
quality video editing to the consumer market with its breakthrough Rainbow Runner series
in 1997. Matrox's innovative graphics and video technology has been recognized with an
unprecedented 300 international awards over the past five years. With 20 years of
experience, Matrox continues to deliver leading edge solutions to the graphics and video
industry at the best price/performance.
May 28, 1998