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Review: Matrox Marvel G450 eTV (Page 2/6)

Posted: May 4, 2001
Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen

Top-notch Quality

Matrox designs its own chips, manufacturers its own boards, and markets everything by itself. This strategy is a difficult to achieve as demonstrated by the late 3dfx but can also be rewarding. Matrox has the advantage in terms of getting what they need done, exactly the way they want it.

Suppose you are a company that makes graphics processors, and you sell your chips to third party board makers. These board makers can pick and choose from a variety of components and the consumer will have no idea if those components are bad. These minor components can show off your chip as a true successor or a blatant failure.

NVIDIA is saying that its GeForce2 chips had a killer 2D engine but a lot of the board makers used mid-grade quality filters that made the output look dull. Matrox doesn’t have this problem. It knows exactly what combination of components will give their graphics processor the best output.


The following specs are the same as the Matrox G450, a card that I’ve already reviewed. Please take a look at it as I explain the bulk of the G450 series technology in that review.

0.18 micron technology
166MHz Core
AGP 1X, 2X, 4X
32MB DDR memory
64-bit DDR/SDR external bus to frame buffer memory
Support for OpenGL and DirectX
256-bit DualBus
DualHead Display
Vibrant Color Quality˛ rendering
Environment-Mapped Bump Mapping
UltraSharp DAC
Integrated second RAMDAC
Integrated TMDS transmitter
Integrated TV encoder
High-quality DVD playback
Primary display resolution up to 2048x1536x32-bit
Bilinear, trilinear, and anisotropic filtering
Symmetric Rendering Architecture
32-bit Z-buffer including 8-bit stencil buffer

The following are specification specific to the Marvel G450 eTV:

Full-suite video editing
High-quality DVD and video playback
Web friendly MPEG-2 capture and playback
Matrox eDualHead TV Out
S-video and composite video input and output

Timeshifting with picture-in-picture
TV tuner with Personal Video Recorder
Closed captioning (North America)
Teletext browsing (Europe)

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