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Posted: December 8, 2000
Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen
Once again, I have a new product in my hands that I must review. Thereís always something new arriving in the lab and now thereís no room for me to even walk. But thatís okay -- I get to play around with the latest hardware!
This time though, Iím going to take a look at something on a different scale. I have in my hands Matroxís Millennium G450 DualHead. However, before I continue any further along, I would like to take this opportunity to point out a few things I feel you should know. Firstly, the Millennium G450 is not a gamerís card. Secondly, the G450 is a professional user oriented graphics card. Thirdly, the G450 plays many games extremely well, despite what you may have heard. And lastly before I go on, the G450 also works extremely well for the average home user.
Now that Iíve cleared that up, letís get on with the show.
Matrox and the Millennium G450
Itís been a while since weíve seen a new architecture from Matrox, but they havenít let down the market. Besides creating cards for gamers like the Millennium G400 Max, Matrox also produces a host of other video and graphics products. Matrox actually makes more professional and productivity hardware than entertainment hardware.
If you like graphics design, video editing, or artistry work, Matroxís product line has something for you. This is because Matrox has always been about high quality rather than always trying to go for blistering speed. Sometimes you just have to know where to compromise and where to put your efforts.
Letís take a look at the card.
The front side (click on the image to view an actual size snapshot):
Right from the very first glance, you see what sets this card apart from the rest -- DualHead. Having the capability to power two monitors is quickly becoming something thatís a must have on graphics cards these days. Matrox started it and brought it into the mainstream, and now NVIDIA is picking up on it with TwinView. Weíll talk about which one is better later on.
You might also be wondering whatís with the heatsink on the card and why thereís a wire attached to it. This is simply a ground wire to make sure static doesnít build up in that area.
The back side (click on the image to view an actual size snapshot):
Thereís nothing much on the backside of the G450 -- mostly electrical traces. Letís go on and take a look at some of its specs.