Although 3D performance is starting to seem a little outdated with this card, I still recommend it as a good all purpose 3D and 2D card. The card may lack speed, but it sure packs a punch when it comes to features, especially considering its age. As cheep as a Riva TNT2, its only marginally slower, but boasts the possibility to run two monitors side by side to extend your desktop. The software and driver support from Matrox is top notch. Bump mapping is for me however the cards greatest feature. Images created using Environment Bump mapping are unrivalled, and as its hardware bump mapping, it takes it in its stride. Overall, the G400 is a competent card. Although lacking in GPU speed, features, and image quality is superb, a great buy for someone on a tight budget.
The Matrox G400 is not bad. The more Ranm the better of course, so go for the best spec you can afford. I use my PC mainly for standard stuff- using Office, web design, plus 3d graphics, with the occasional excursion into games. I've had one for a while. It is pretty reliable and has performed to spec according to my needs. I rarely have problems getting Max to render something in a reasonable time and I'm only operating a p3 800 with 350MB Ram at the moment, so you'd probably expect an inferior graphics card too be an obstacle, but it isn't, so it's ipso facto not an inferior graphics card If you've got a previously poor graphics card, you will probably find this a massive improvement in any case. It seems to work pretty well wioth 3d Studio Max, Flash, PhotoShop. It's obviously better to get a more expensive card if your budget runs to it - if you work for a corporate with ever-open pockets. Otherwise, it's reasonable value for money. It's easy to set up/,. I had to go online to get Win2k drivers when I got mine but they should be supplied with it now. Pretty expensive of course, but then PC graphics card tech always is. If you are just looking for a games card, I can't help much. It makes agoos job of Deus Ex machina nads Black and White but I'm not sure about Quake or similar fast frame changing demanding games
This is my review/opinion of the Matrox G400 32MB Dual Head (not Max) graphic card. I have been using Matrox graphic cards since some 5 years back. Back then, it was the Matrox Mystique. At the moment their graphic cards are the G400 and G450 range. For the end user, the G400 and G450 can be considered to be the same. I have been using the G400 for almost 8 months now and it doesn't disappoint. The card comes with dual head which allows you to connect to two monitors at the same time. This is particularly useful for graphic editing and HTML work by the way. No more switching between program views. If you don't need the dual head, you can get the single head version which is cheaper. Its 2D performance is superb. The screen is sharp and colours are vibrant. Matrox graphic cards has always been known to have excellent 2D performance. 3D performance is ok if compared to the current crop of graphics card such as the Geforce, Kyro II and Radeon. However, this does not mean it is unusable. With this card you will not get the 'super' fast frame rates (eg. >100fps in Quake 3) but it is still very much playable. Just to give you an idea, I have a lowly K6-2+ 500Mhz computer, and I get an average of about 25fps - 35fps in quake3 and Unreal Tournament and it is still very playable. Support is very good. Matrox has an online forum on their website where you can post any queries or problems. There are also Matrox users forums around as well. IMO, if you are the type of person who does a lot of 2D work and 3D work, and is not a real hard core gamer, have a look at this card. With its great 2D performance, good 3D performance and great support, you can't go wrong...
well what can i say i bought a matrox g400 dh I bought one as soon as they hit the shelf going back nearly 2 years ago and this is what i found.. the features on the card are second to none the dual head is one of those things that once you have it you can't live without it. To benefit from dvd playback on your tv you need a p3 500 type spec machine it will work on smaller cpu's but the playback is not as smooth as a dedicated playback card and at the end of the day that is what im looking for. the quality of the card in games is very good it is not the fastest card on the market but trust me it doesn't matter the games are just as playable. you can run two monitors on the card but for me that has limited appeal i much prefer to run a monitor and a television. if you do a bit of video editing this feature is essential so you can see exactly what you get and then output it straight to tape I can't think of a better card at the price that will allow you to do this, this is where the dual head feature really comes into it's own. overall it still is one hell of a card for it's money.
Although the G400 max has been around for a while now, it's features and performance are still comparable to some of the cards released today. FEATURES: 360mhz ramdac 32mb ram Dual head output Support for direct 3D and openGL Bitmapping These features are all a bit confusing to those who are not technically minded. Here's an explanation of each of the features: 360mhz ramdac, this is the speed of the graphics chip. Most cards now are about the same or higher. 32mb ram, this is the graphics memory of the card. Some cards now feature 64-128mb of ram. Dual head output, this means the card can output to 2 displays (even a TV) and use them for different functions. Support for direct 3D and openGL, these are 2 of 3 3D drivers. Different games use different drivers. Bitmapping, pioneered by matrox themselves, gives in game graphics added detail and gives the effect of 3D textures. I have had my G400max for just over a year now, I still don't see the need to upgrade my card. It's features are very useful, they give your PC multifunctional use. For example, I play DVD movies on PC, but watch them through my TV via the dual head output on the card. Alternatively this feature could be used to view multiple documents whilst working. When playing games I find the card more than copes with today’s demands, although at high resolutions it can struggle. The quality of the picture and animation is excellent. The picture is clear and there are no jagged lines thanks to antialiasing. This smoothes out jagged lines on 3D graphics. The speed at which this card operates is very impressive; i like playing Quake 3 arena on the Internet a lot. To get the most out of the games' great graphics, you'll need a hefty graphics card. The G400 max allows you to play games like Quake 3 arena very smoothly at most resolutions, even when you have detail optio
ns at max. Supplied with the card are all the adapter cables you will need to play movies on your TV, and included on the installation disc is the DVD software. The DVD player software is reliable and offers the functionality that any conventional DVD player would offer. There are a few flaws in the card in that it doesn't support 3dfx only games. These are games designed specifically for use with voodoo cards. Also, it has a few problems with some openGL games such as the Delta Force series. If you're looking for a high performance card, but are on a budget, you should consider the G400 max. At just over £100, the card is a great alternative to cleaning out you're bank account and opting for one of the latest voodoo cards for £300. If you don't play games very often, you could go for on of the Max’s little sisters; the G400 16mb series are slightly slower and under £100.
I like this card, and it servers a great purpose. It I think the only non AGP PRO graphics card, which offers two outputs, simultaneously being able to display on two screens. If you have a need for this then this is the only card to choose. 2D performance is wonderful, and everything is crystal clear and very smooth, however 3D is a bit poor compared to some of the other cards available today, such as the NVIDA GeForce2 GTS cards. So if need it for something such as CAD/CAM or for use in an office environment, where you need to drive a monitor and projector then this card is king, however in the home arena, where games are the thing then you may be slightly disappointed. That said it's 3D is still quite good.... despite it's MAX title. All this means is that you get a quicker RAM DAC (360mhz against 300mhz in the standard I think), which helps to boost the 2D performance. As far as DVD's are concerned, on screen they look fine, but if you use the SVideo out which the MAX card has to a TV, then you tend to get a loss of quality, but it is still more than watchable. One other point to note, is that you wont get the dual monitor support on win 95 or 3.11, as it only arrived in win 98. And the Matrox 450 chip is on its way, so there may be a new model out soon.
The Matrox Millennium G400 is Matrox's latest effort in the video adapter market. Matrox has long been known for excellence in the 2D market. the Millenium II stood as the standard in high end 2D graphics for years. However, Matrox didn't have any success in the 3D world. Matrox first made an effort at a 2D/3D card with the g200 series but due to massive delays in fully functioning drivers, the card never really caught on. With the G400 series, Matrox has finally created a successful 2D/3D solution. The G400 series includes 3 different cards: The G400, G400max, and G400Marvel. The first two are similar however the G400max is clocked to a higher speed and has 32mb of ram. The G400 has 16mb of ram and a slower clock speed. The G400 processor is a 256-bit Dualbus AGP graphics chip supporting 3D rendering Array Processing with fast single pass multi-texturing. Both the G400 and the G400max support DualHead. (Beware of cheap G400 version that do not have dualhead support). DualHead allows two independent output displays with one AGP card. You can use either a TV or a 2nd monitor on that 2nd display. Using support for multiple monitors in Windows98 and Windows2000 you can expand your desktop over two monitors (a very addictive feature). 3D supports Vibrant Color Quantity2 for fast 32bit rendering, texturing, and Z-buffering. Also included is support for Environment-Mapped Bump Mapping which creates beatiful 3D images. There are two addons available for the G400 and G400 max. The Rainbow Runner G is an additional PCI card available for about $150 that adds video capture, editing, and TV tuner capabilities to your g400. The RRG includes a wonderful software suite that make doing complicated video work easy. Windows2000 drivers for the RRG have just recently been released but are still in beta but they work. Also available is a module that allows for the connection of a Digital Flat Panel. The G400 marvel is a combination between the G40
0 and the RRG. However, I recommend the combination of the G400max and the RRG instead. The Marvel is a G400 with 16mb ram combined with the video and tv capabilities of the Rainbow Runner. DualHead display using a 2nd monitor however is not supported. DualHead on the marvel only supports output to a TV or flat panel.
What a card! Considerably better than its predeccessor the Matrox millennium G400, the Max comes into its own, its powerful enough for all the latest games and offers great DVD playback quality, I run it to my TV for watching DVD's the Dual head is great, It means that you no longer have to huddle around your monitor to watch your movies, you can put on the TV or another Monitor. Its a great card that is easy to set up and the Dual Head rounds things off very nicely, well done Matrox!
I bought my G400 some 6 months ago with the main aim being the ability to run games on my big TV. The G400 does this very well but suffers from very poor (considering the price) graphics performance. The card is bottom of the performance rating when compared with similarly priced cards. Having said this, it does have the TV or second monitor output which is either pointless or very handy – it all depends if you want that capability. Compared to most other card which offer this functionality, the G400 is the best. Most others will only output to a TV not monitor and the G400 has many options for the second output use. You can either duplicate the main screen, extend your Windows desktop onto another monitor/TV or play a DVD full screen on the second output while the main display is left free to use. You can even use the second output as a big zoom for the main display – it follows the mouse around, zoomed in. This is basically the reason you would buy the card, if you don’t need these abilities, buy something else. As I’ve said, the big drawback is speed. I have a Pentium III 550Mhz with 512MB RAM running Windows 2000 (NOT Windows ME). Moving to Windows 2000 increased the speed a tiny bit but not a huge amount. Most games run okay, Quake II & III, Unreal Tournament, MDK 2, C&C Tiberian Sun, Rally Masters etc etc all run very smoothly – although the frame rate is only just in the ‘acceptable’ range which means the card will become out of date a lot quicker. I should point out, I run all my games in 640x480 - I see very little difference in the higher resolutions in terms of quality but obviously games will run slower the higher the resolution. Unfortunately though, using (i.e. enabling) the second output degrades the speed still further, making a few games noticeably jerky. Worst affected are Virtual Pool Hall & Rally Masters but Quake etc are still okay. <
br>I read Temujin’s opinion which mentioned that it requires an AGPx4 port to run really fast, I have a friend with a AGPx4 motherboard (mines just AGPx2) so tried a test (he also runs Windows 2000), but there was no noticeable difference, the frame rate was a tiny bit higher but then his CPU is 600Mhz against my 550Mhz. So, not exactly a top performer and far from value for money but the additional output is very useful – if you need it. Don’t think the new G450 is much better either according to the reviews.
This graphics card is got just about every multimedia option you could ever possibly want, including a t.v. out and support for dual monitors from the one graphics card. Compared to the prices of other graphics cards with similar specifications it compares quite well and offers a cheaper alternative. The software could be improved but the install is easy. The card has improved alot since the G400 version and the extra support for Bump-mapping makes this card a worthwhile investment at a good, affordable price. The card performs well and produces good graphics. The extra Memory gives Games a good feed to go on, although i would not reccomend this card for the serious games player. I say this because, with a p-400 you still can't get games to run at their top graphics settings smoothly and the test scores are amazingly low compared to other cards of similair specification. Instead this card is best suited for a person who would like to watch movie clips and produce animations, etc. (a designer). But to get it working at its optimal a high-end P.C would be recommended
I bought this card as I had heard great reviews and for once, every good thing I had heard about the product was true. I initially had a couple of problems setting the thing up but I contacted the Matrox UK's technical team and spoke to a Mr Hadden who was not only very friendly but managed to solve my problem very quickly and was very competent (thanks Mr Hadden!). I use the card to play games and the performance is very good. The picture quality is out of this World and was far better than I could have ever expected. In the past I have used ATI cards and the support has been very poor, so I found it a refreshing change that when I spoke to Dave at Matrox he was very helpful, interested in my problem and solved it. That is surly all you can hope for.
Now this is a great card! easy to set up and to install and to go with that it is fast! what more can you want? This was never designed to be a gaming card (well not really), how many Matrox cards have you seen around that are for gaming and not business? well there you go then! With the dual head capabilities this is a VERY useful card, i find it highly useful when doing webdesign and graphics etc... though i wouldn't think that it is great for games though it is sooooooooooooo easy to set up! The speed and power however is plenty for most people and with the option of having one extra monitor who could refuse?
I bought the Millenium 400 after reading the great reviews it was getting in magazines and on the internet but when I fitted the card I was very disappointed, some of my 3D games like Quake 3 and Ultima Ascension were running very poorly even with the resolution set as low as 800 x 600. The poor performance was because the Millenium G400 is a 4X AGP card and my motherboard only supported up to 2X. I recently purchased a new motherboard that does support 4X AGP and the improvement in the cards performance is outstanding, my games now run perfectly smooth even at resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200. I would definitely recommend this card, but only if your motherboard supports 4X AGP. The Millenium G400 also has a few other features like DVD playpack, support for two monitors and TV output so you can play your games or watch your DVDs on your TV screen.
Currently I work with two PCs, one a beefy P3 running a 3dfx Voodoo 3, and the other is a slightly older machine running the Matrox card. The difference? Not as much as you'd imagine. The matrox is a nice card- you get a lot of performance for your money, it handles polygons well and shades adequately, handls openGL, direct 3d, all the mod cons really, however, I thought I'd warn you of one or two drawbacks.... The matrox will need regular graphic driver updating- I've not found that matrox are particularly quick at releasing new drivers. In assition, you can't simply 'overwrite' an existing driver- Matrox decided it would be a good idea to use an uninstaller utility on their drivers. So firstly you'll need to download this, remove the current driver, then download and install the replacement- costly if you don't have a fast web connection. Also, watch out for some of the graphically heacy games- it won't like them. Activision's Star Trek is a good example.... Okay, well that is about it, nice card for most jobs, a little picky about drives and sometimes choosy about what it will and won't run.