Released in , it was best known for its ability to drive three monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo. Matrox QID boards also exhibit trademark Matrox image quality, outstanding stability and feature extensive multi-display capabilities. Some writers believed Parhelia to have a “crippled” triangle-setup engine that starved the rest of the chip in typical 3D rendering tasks [1]. This, unfortunately, proved not to be an efficient arrangement in most situations. After the launch of Parhelia, Matrox released Parhelia-LX , which supports only bit memory and has only 2 pixel pipelines.

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The Parhelia remained a niche product, and was Matrox’s last major effort to sell into the consumer market.

Matrox Parhelia-LX (QID-QDA8X128F) 128 MB DDR SDRAM AGP 4x/8x Graphics adapter

Skip to main content. 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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The “Surround Gaming” support allowed the card to drive three monitors creating a unique level gaming immersion. The Parhelia was only competitive with the older Radeon and GeForce 3which typically cost half as much.

About this product Product Information The Matrox Quad Information Display QID graphics card represents the evolution of Matrox’s cutting-edge multi-monitor technology, offering high-performance quad-display support paehelia dynamic public information displays. Unlike previous products, it supports Windows Vista Aero acceleration. Released init was best known for its ability to drive ,atrox monitors “Surround Gaming” and its Coral Reef tech demo.


Matrox Parhelia-LX (QID-QDAP128) 128MB DDR SDRAM PCI Graphics adapter

However, ATI’s Radeon was released later that year, with a considerably larger transistor count million vs. However, parheliia a matorx months after release, the Parhelia was completely overshadowed by ATI ‘s far faster and fully DirectX 9. In this case it was the ATI Radeonreleased only a few months later. Bring more attention to your displays with Matrox QID – powering high-impact graphics and animation and helping you replace static information with eye-catching, dynamic content.

However, only 2 displays can be controlled independently. See details for additional description. We have ratings, but no written reviews for this, yet.

By using this site, you agree ;arhelia the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

L the first to write a review. Any Condition Any Condition. Presumably there were several bugs within the Parhelia core that could not be worked around in the drivers. See all 2 brand new listings.

Matrox QID boards also exhibit trademark Matrox image quality, outstanding stability and feature extensive multi-display capabilities.

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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.

Views Read Edit View history. The Parhelia processor featured Glyph acceleration, where anti-aliasing of text was accelerated by the hardware.

However, it was all a bit mtarox 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. The frame buffer is in RGBA Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box pathelia plastic bag. In JuneMatrox announced the release of M-Series video cards.

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. Show less Show more.