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The Matrox Millennium G450 - 32MB Dual Head
New Levels Of
Integration for the Multimedia Fanatic and Corporate User

By Dave "Davo" Altavilla
9/5/00

 

H.H. Test System
Same as it ever was...

LiteOn Mid Tower ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium III 866EB, Abit SE6 i815 Motherboard and Matrox Millennium G450 Dual Head 32MB AGP, 128MB of PC133 True CAS2 SDRAM from Corsair (thanks Outside Loop), IBM 15Gig 7200 RPM ATA100 Hard Drive (thanks again Outside Loop), Kenwood 72X CDROM,
Win 98SE, DirectX 7.0a, Matrox PowerDesk Drivers for Windows 98 Revision 6.10.004

Benchmarks With The G450
All work and no play

We don't know what else to do here except just plunk this chart down.

Quake 3 Time Demo Benchmarks With The Millennium G450

 

Sorry folks in OpenGL we got much of the same results as we got in a Direct 3D driven game.  The gaming side of the Matrox Millennium G450 takes a back seat far behind its Dual Head, Multimedia and DVD features.  Again, if you are a "glass is half full" type, your perspective here could be that the G450 does have the capability for gaming in 32 bit color at 800X600 or less.

What really puzzled us the most was the fact that the G450 didn't even come close to the aging G400MAX, as far as gaming performance goes.  With a new .18 micron core, the G450 should have a much higher clock speed, correct?

We decided to look into this further and started up the utility that is widely known amongst hard core Matrox fans, MGA Tweak.  This utility should give us a look inside the G450 and its clock speeds.

Here we are looking at a 162MHz. reference clock that is supplied to the SDRAM for roughly 333 MHz. DDR.  The Core Graphics clock however is rated at roughly 65MHz.  This seems strange but we got the same results from Entech's PowerStrip as well.  Our only conclusion is that the core speed of the G450 is markedly slower than that of its predecessor, the G400. 

This could in fact be the case and it would stand to reason.  If you are familiar with highly integrated processor cores, often as higher levels of integration in peripheral functions are introduced into a processor core architecture, timing characteristics are increasingly more difficult to control and optimize.  We will be contacting the folks at Matrox for comment here as well.

 

Well, there you have it.  This is the Matrox Millennium G450 from start to finish.  Let's recap... First this card has fantastic Multi-Display capabilities and an excellent offering of Multimedia Business and Entertainment features that will be sure to please the Wall Street types and Gadget Freaks alike.  The Dual Head output, drivers and performance are far more mature than the GeForce2 MX approach and the G450's level of integration should allow for lower cost in the long run.  The current MSRP on the G450 is $145.

On the other hand, we were really hoping to see more from the G450 in terms of 3D performance.  We don't need to go into detail again on this but suffice it to say that the Matrox Millennium G450 is a "Business/Productivity/Casual Gaming Card".  If your concern is for frame rate, the G450 is not the ticket.  The forthcoming Matrox G800 may be more your style.

We're giving the Matrox Millennium G450 a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of....

 
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