Bit DVD Decode and Encode With DVDMax
High end DVD
output on the PC
Parhelia 512 offers traditionally fantastic Matrox DVD
output to your PC Monitor but they have the advantage of
those 10 bit DACs and a full 10 bit graphics pipeline at
the ready. As a result, the Parhelia 512 can take
DVD Decode, Playback and 10 bit high fidelity TV Encode to
the next level.
claiming to be able to deliver "Home Theater" quality DVD
playback to the PC, with their 10 bit Gigacolor precision
driving image quality, that will rival any high end stand
alone DVD player in the market. We weren't given a
demonstration of this technology, so we'll have to see it
for ourselves, when testing samples arrive in our labs.
it is hard not to look at the
Parhelia 512 with a fair amount of excitement and
enthusiasm. Ultimately, it will bring to the 3D
Graphics arena, another viable and impressive alternative
to NVIDIA and ATi technology. Certainly, there are
lower end mainstream chipsets from SiS and others out
there but there are virtually only two options in the high
end space. That clearly is not enough choice for the
consumer, in our humble opinion. Too often, we scan
the retail shelves, only to be met with several different
variations on the same theme, from either NVIDIA or ATi.
Granted these current solutions are impressive and more
than capable technologies in their own rights.
However, we don't think we are alone when we feel a little
bit limited in our choices, from a technology standpoint.
given you a brief taste of what the people at Matrox
believe the Parhelia 512 Graphics Processor will be able
to deliver. From an architectural standpoint, the
chip's massive memory bandwidth, Quad Vertex Shaders, 4
Texture units and 36 stage Pixel Shader Array, certainly
appear to have exponential superiority, at least on paper.
However, fill rate, bandwidth and bandwidth efficiency are
the rules of the road in this race and without having
functional product in our testing labs, one really can't
say for sure, what levels of performance the Parhelia 512
will bring, in comparison to its rivals.
What we can
tell you with some degree of certainty, is that Matrox
clearly has their sites set on "High Fidelity" in terms of
over all image quality. The Anti-Aliasing we saw
during our demo at Matrox HQ, was very impressive and the
color saturation and texture quality, that went along with
those smooth images, was easily the best we've seen to
date. Where the Parhelia 512 should really shine, is
in situations where the end user has all the "eye candy"
turned up to maximum detail, with 16X FAA, 64 tap
anisotropic filtering and Gigacolor enabled. With
the Parhelia 512's big fat 512 bit data pipes, it should
theoretically out perform just about anything in this
situation. Again, one can only be sure however, with
a test board in hand, so we'll remain cautiously
optimistic here. Finally, the Multi-Monitor output
and "Surround Gaming" demonstrations we were shown, were
easily the most impressive display of this technology we
have ever seen. To see and play a Surround Gaming
setup in person, is really a jaw dropping experience, one
that will leave you wanting one for yourself.
512 is slated for release later this summer.
We've heard a few dates in June but things are still being
nailed down here. Regardless, it seems as if the
entire 3D Graphics world will be watching this product
launch, hoping for another serious player in the High End
Gaming and Professional 3D Graphics Arena, to emerge with
the next GeForce4 or Radeon 8500 "killer". It looks
likes Matrox certainly could make that a reality.
Only time will tell but we'll be here to show you what the
Parhelia 512 is really capable of, when we get boards on
the test bench in the HotHardware Lab.
Screenshots from Matrox Headquaters!
Canadian Colors Flying High
Wall of Product - Matrox Engineering
The "Fish Bowl"
Matrox Competitive Analysis Lab
Lorenzo "LO" DelPeche
Lo-Man checks out the competitive hardware.
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