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Product: Matrox Millennium G450
Company: Matrox
Estimated Street Price: $149
Review By: Julien JAY

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Drivers & DualHead
3: Advanced Features & tests
4: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Matrox Millennium G450.



Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
2D: 95%
3D: 60%
DualHead: 90%
OverAll Performance: 80%
Features & Drivers: 95%
Price: 85%
Users' Guide: 50%
Overall: 80%

Due to the new focus of Matrox this card isn’t designed for hard core gamers as its gaming performance are really weak if you compare them to a GeForce II Mx… However for small business and office this card is really great due to the high quality of its 2D engine and to the extraordinary unrivalled DualHead feature. Matrox is now the only card manufacturer to offer such an advanced DualHead feature that answers to almost every need. If you’re a corporate user or if your computer is primarily destine for work then you can buy this card right now as its performances are really outstanding. The basic 3D features will help you enjoy some games and the DVD software will turn your PC into a cinema room. But if you’re a hard core gamer this card is simply not for you.



Three different versions of the card are available:

  • Matrox Millennium G450,

  • Matrox Marvel G450 eTV.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 80%
Version Reviewed Matrox Millennium G450 (retail)
Release Date Already in stores!
In The Box? 1 User's guide,
1 Drivers CD,
1 TV screen converter cable,
Bonus software.
The Good Points Good drivers
Full AGP 4x
Extremely high 2D quality

Enhanced RAMDAC
Outstanding DualHead feature
Affordable price for business use
The Bad Points

3D features
Users' guide is too short

Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 1 Ghz B
Intel VC820 Motherboard
Windows Millennium Edition
256 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8.0
17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Promise Ultra ATA 100 controller
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha 16/10/40 IDE internal burner
PC Required Minimum System

Free AGP slot
Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT 4.0 with SP3 or Windows 2000
Pentium 150Mhz or greater for W9x and Windows Me
Pentium 133Mhz or greater for Windows 2000

32Mb of RAM for Windows 9x
48Mb of RAM for Windows NT/2000

75Mb of available hard disk space
CD-Rom Drive

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