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Reviewed: Millennium G400 32mb
Author: Chris Kim       Date: November 19th 1999
Page: 4

Installation of the videocard is quite straight forward and simple. Just like installing any other expansion device, just take out the old card, put in the new one, boot-up Windows, wait for it to ask for the drivers, install the drivers and installation is done. There was only one gripe about installation of the drivers, at first the OpenGL driver wouldn't be recognized. So to get the OpenGL driver to work, a clean install of Windows was required. The G400 chipset supports OpenGL and Direct3D acceleration. There is also a miniGL driver that is designed for gaming called TurboGL, but those set of drivers are only for Pentium III and Athlon based systems with appropriate setups.

Overclocking the card was a pure joy. Using PowerStrip, overclocking was a cinch. There seemed to be one thing that might have limited the overclocking ability of the card. It seems that both of the Core/Memory speeds are interchanged or linked together. But that doesn't really lower the overclocking ability of the card. Running with just the stock heatsink at 150/200, which is quite big by the way, the card gets quite hot. But adding that fan, which was from a Celeron/Pentium II/Pentium III processor, the heatsink was kept cool to the touch. The card was able to remain stable without any hicks. The card would run stable all the way up to 152/202, any higher, weird artifacts would show up on the screen while running 3D Accelerated programs. There are benchmarks of performance difference between the default and overclocked at 150/200 speeds throughout the rest of the review. For users that wish to overclock their G400 chipset based videocards, may want to use Matrox's Overclocking Utility as some problems have been had with 3rd party programs (like PowerStrip for example, even though no problems were incurred).

2D image quality and acceleration is pretty much at the end of the line, as the Millennium G400 shows this retaining the excellent image quality and rendering speed of the previous videocard generations. The 300mhz RAMDAC on the Millennium G400 32mb keeps the image quality crisp and clean at nearly every resolution (as long as the monitor can support that resolution with appropriate refresh rate, the Millennium G400 MAX has a 360mhz RAMDAC).

The benchmarks were all done on the following test bed system:

  • Processor: Celeron 400mhz @ 450mhz
  • Motherboard: ASUS P2B
  • RAM: 64mb
  • Videocard Matrox Millennium G400 32mb
  • Drivers: 4.11.01.1300
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    Added:  Friday, November 19, 1999
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
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    Page: 4/9

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