This card came with a different software bundle targeting business users and excluding the games. Some textures in Incoming are missing like if 4 MB of chip is not enough. This made the Mystique equivalent to the original Millennium for high-resolution 2D resolution support. Detractors, however, referred to the card as the “Matrox Mystake”. There was also the manufacturing cost consideration that comes with a larger processor size.

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Unlike Millennium these boards had friendly pricing and still good GUI performance as one would expect from Matrox. Playing with refresh timer did not make any difference to me. However, that card only could accelerate a very limited feature set, and was primarily targeted at CAD applications.

Matrox Graphics – Support

The answer to these limitations, and Matrox’s first attempt at targeting the consumer gaming PC market, would be the Matrox Mystique.

There are no low resolution tests because they are not accepted by my display, what modes is the Mystique trying to set?

A special business-oriented version of Mystiquecalled Mystique Businesswas launched as well. Retrieved from ” https: Later versions in the Matrox G series were never able to regain the crown, and despite huge matrod for the Matrox Parheliatheir performance continued to be quickly outpaced by the major players.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In general, matorx to ggraphic peers, the Matrox Mystique was a competent board with its own set of advantages and disadvantages as was typical in this era of early 3D accelerators. This is notorious, but Mystique has another nasty image quality degrader.


The original Mystique was introduced inwith the slightly upgraded Mystique having been released in Driver support for the Mystique was robust at launch. But most of Direct3d games could use it, especially big low resolution textures like skies looks horrible unfiltered. Matrox made several attempts to increase its share of the market for 3D-capable cards. TAW, Myth 2, Populous: Besides impressipn ramdac Mystique also integrates video engine with hardware scaler. Dual ported VRAM was employed to relieve frame-buffer bandwidth from screen refresh and enabled block transfers.

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Memory controller is in charge of depth comparison. Average framerate difference corresponds to clock difference, how about difference in Final Reality: PCI interface was enriched by bus mastering.

Mystique’s image quality became imprfssion inadequate and perhaps from there comes the bad nick “Matrox Mistake”. The driver has a checkbox for fog table emulation, but it does not change anything visually. Gouraud shading and Z-comparisons. Fortunately Matrox Overclocking Tools are fun to play with once you get used to the formula.

With my Mystique used for testing I could set the tightest timings even at top clocks: The killer 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.


A later version of the Millennium included features graohic to the Impression but by this time the series was lagging behind emerging vendors like 3dfx Interactive. Otherwise, the card was identical in feature-set to the original Mystique and offered almost identical performance.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matrox video cards. Without mipmapping support, textures in the distance appear to “swim”, waving around and appearing “noisy”, because the texture detail wasn’t being properly managed and this caused texture aliasing.

Lack of true fogging means that objects will just pop up from the clear rather then from a fog of distance. During the s, the Matrox Millennium series of cards attracted buyers willing to pay for a higher quality and sharper display. This does not happen to old chip, so I may have come to some actual difference between the revisions.

Matrox had been known for years as a significant player in the high-end 2D graphics accelerator market. Z-buffer with 16 bit bus was optional.

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