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Matrox Marvel G400-TV
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Author: Kai Ping
Date of review: 19-January-2000
Type Of Review: Videocards

What do you get when you take a 3-D graphics card, marinate it with video editing facilities and garnish with a TV tuner? You get all the ingredients for a rather long review. Grab your popcorn and strap yourself in.

Nice “peek-a-boo” box

Let’s skip the commercials and cut to the chase.

Key Features

1. 2D/3D engine

  • API support: Direct3D, OpenGL
  • Core Frequency: 125MHz
  • Memory Frequency: 166MHz
  • Fillrate: 250 million pixels per second
  • Polygon throughput: 8 million polygons per second
  • AGP support:AGP2x, AGP4x
  • Graphics Memory: 16MB SGRAM
  • RAMDAC: 300 MHz
  • Bus Architecture: 256-bit dual bus/128-bit external bus to video memory
  • Single cycle multitexturing
  • Vibrant Colour Quality2
  • DualHead display technology
  • Max resolution: 2048x1536
  • Z-buffer support: 16,32-bit or 24-bit plus 8-bit stencil buffer
  • Anti-aliasing: Vector, edge and full scene
  • Filtering: Bilinear, Trilinear, Anisotropic
  • Fog: Vertex, Table
  • Single, Double, Triple Buffering
  • Environmental Bump Mapping
  • Alpha blending
  • Specular highlighting
  • True colour ARGB and Gouraud shading
  • Hardware dithering including dithering of LUT textures

2. Video Editing
  • Full resolution, full frame-rate video capture and playback with hardware-MJPEG compression/ decompression (704x576 PAL and 704x480 NTSC @ 30 fps)
  • Offline software MJPEG to MPEG1/MPEG2 conversion

3. DVD Playback Support

4. TV Tuner

Here’s what came in the box:

All the stuff you will find in the box

  • 1x Matrox Marvel G400-TV Video Card
  • 1x Quick installation guide
  • 1x Manual
  • 1x Marvel connector box (Breakout Box)
  • 4x CD Software Bundle:

    • Drivers
    • PC-VCR Remote
    • Ligos LSX MPEG2 transcoder ME
    • Matrox Software DVD Player
    • Teletext software
    • Avid Cinema 1.0
    • Ulead Systems Photo Express Version 2.0
    • Game bundle: Wild Metal Country, Tonic Trouble

  • 1x Marvel Cable
  • 2x composite (RCA) audio/video cable

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