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Old 18th June 2002, 17:00   #1
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The official press release is here.

At introduction, Matrox Parhelia graphics boards will be available with 128MB of DDR memory in both retail and bulk packaging. The retail packaged version of the Matrox Parhelia 128MB board will have an estimated street price of US $399 and both versions are expected to begin shipment by June 30th, 2002. Additionally, Matrox plans to bring a 64MB and a 256MB version of the Parhelia to market later this summer.





Bulk: 128MB DDR, Chipclock: 200 MHz, Memoryclock 250 MHz (DDR), Pirce: about $349
Retail: 128MB DDR, Chipclock: 220 MHz, Memoryclock 275 MHz (DDR), Price: $399
 
Old 18th June 2002, 18:44   #2
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This is great... finally, another impressive competitor in the consumer 3d accelerator market. This card is going to bury the geforce 4, assuming it gets good drivers out of the box
 
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Posted by Kyle 2:55 PM (CDT)

Earlier today a well-known German website disclosed their Matrox Parhelia numbers. The pages seem to have been removed at this time. While we cannot legally give you the content, as it is copyright material, we can certainly discuss what we have seen.

Aquanox - Parhelia was beaten by ATI's 128MB 8500 and the Ti4600 nearly doubled the score.

Comanche 4 - Parhelia not breaking the 30FPS barrier at 1024x768 while the Ti4600 broke 40.

Jedi Knight 2 - At 1024x768 the Parhelia was about 30% behind both the 8500 and the Ti4600.

3DMark2002 SE v330 - Just breaking into the 7000s while their test system was breaking 10K with the Ti4600. The 8500 dusted it again as well.

Quake 3 Arena - Parhelia lagging way behind both cards and not even giving deathmatch playable frame rates at 1600x1200 in my opinion.

At this point I am really wondering what Matrox was thinking. I know full well that they have explained that their Parhelia will be the card for tomorrow, but while it is currently not keeping pace with the current generation's GPUs, across the board, you have to wonder. Triple head gaming is not going to save Matrox this time round if what we saw is correct. I can certainly understand their reasons with not wanting to give the [H] a card at this point.

http://www.chip.de/produkte_tests/un...s_8737747.html

http://www.hwzone.co.il/archive.php?...24962420,5658,
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this was to be expected... this card will, in its current state, be a competitor for the mx460 and the xabre....
the fact that they did not want to give a card for review to the [H] says it all... it probably is hardlocked anyway...
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Earlier today a well-known German website disclosed their Matrox Parhelia numbers. The pages seem to have been removed at this time.
The website was Tom's Hardware ... whoops

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This is what I came up with:

Anandtech
Extremetech
Hot Hardware
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The Tech Report
Tom's

People please
a) this card is not meant to beat the Ti4600 in raw speed
b) these are previews with preliminary drivers
c) it's matrox, image quality is superior
 
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They shouldn't have shouted of every roof that they were going to sell the top - graphic card, in 2D AND 3D ... preliminary drivers or not.
Marketing - horror.
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This is what I came up with:
People please
a) this card is not meant to beat the Ti4600 in raw speed
b) these are previews with preliminary drivers
c) it's matrox, image quality is superior
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some replies :
to 1 : well, that's sure what matrox said in the first pressreleases, they would BEAT the sh*t out of both ati and nvidia
to 2 : yeah... so were the ti4600's when they got released two months ago...and they were rocking...
to 3 : what does that mean, " image quality is superior"?
you certainly have all the time to look at that image quality.... at 20fps in 1600x1200...
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