I was so disappointed. The “” suffix refers to the bit ring bus. Later in Parhelia’s life, when DirectX 9 applications were becoming quite prevalent, Matrox acknowledged that the vertex shaders were not Shader Model 2. The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion. Skip to main content. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware. Matrox Multi-Display Zoom – to view a portion of one display full-screen on the other display.

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The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half as much. Matrox Dual Head Clone – to view a copy of one display on the other display.

Matrox Parhelia AGP 8X Graphics Display Card PH-A8XV B&H

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card padhelia drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion. Any Condition Any Condition. Viola’, the new Monitor worked great, great fonts, awesome picture even the older Monitor looked better.

Matrox Parhelia (AGP 8x, 256MB)

See details for additional description. The card’s fillrate performance was formidable in games that used many texture layers; though equipped with just 4 pixel pipelines, each had 4 texture units.

Trending Price New. However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently. Despite the lackluster performance for its price, Matrox hoped to win over enthusiasts with the Parhelia’s unique and high quality features, such as “Surround Gaming”, glyph acceleration, high resolutions, and 16x fragment anti-aliasing.


Unlike previous products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration. The Parhelia series was Matrox ‘s attempt to return to the market after a long hiatus, their first significant effort since the G and G lines had become uncompetitive.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Using the PC build in video the monitor was horrible, terrible fonts, and no matter what I did I could not adjust the monitor to work for me.

Retrieved from ” https: The Parhelia remained a niche product, and was Matrox’s last major effort to sell into the consumer market. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

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The Parhelia was the first GPU by Matrox to be equipped with a bit memory bus, giving it an advantage over other cards of the time in the area of memory bandwidth.

However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. However, it was all a bit of a moot point because Parhelia’s performance was not adequate to drive most DirectX 9-supporting titles well even without more complex shader code weighing the card down. Show More Parhdlia Less.

Released init was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech mahrox. This, unfortunately, proved not to be an efficient arrangement in most situations. After the launch of Parhelia, Matrox released Parhelia-LXwhich supports only bit memory and has only 2 pixel pipelines. While the Parhelia possessed an impressive raw memory bandwidth much of it was wasted on invisible house-keeping tasks because the card lacked the ability to predict overdraw or compress z-buffer data, among other inefficiencies.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dual link TMDS is supported via external controller connected to the digital interface. In JuneMatrox announced the release of M-Series video cards. Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine that starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1]. In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware.

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