Here are some specs for the upcoming Matrox cards. Dual chips, nice!
G450 (Condor I)
- G400 MAX core with integrated RGB, NTSC/PAL and DVI outputs
- 64bit DDR SDRAM
- support for DDR FCDRAM
- 320 pin PBGA
- 0.18 micron 6 Metal Layer process
- Mass production : Mar. 2000
- 16MB frame buffer version : 2 x (2M x 32 DDR)
- 32MB frame buffer version : 4 x (4M x 16 DDR) or 4 x (2M x 32 DDR) 16MB version of G450 will use 166MHz memory clock (in case of FC DDR, 200MHz is feasible) and uses 64bit dual memory bus.
- Pin compatible with G450
- Double fillrate of G450
- Support for 250MHz DDR FCRAM
- Support for Hardware T&L
- Support for DirectX 8.0 Shader and fully functional DX7
- New DX7, 8 IDC drivers
- Mass production : Sept. 2000.
Matrox will show dual chip configured version of G800 in order to meet the higher transformation and fill performance too.
The 800 should be out late 2000 according to the rumors. The only trouble will be that we'd have at least 6 months of sub-standard drivers till they tweak it up. The 450 should to hot right from the get go. It's basically a spring refresh of the 400 so the drivers should be in pretty good shape. But I agree, when it's time to spring for the 800 I'll need to up the processor power of my setup to fully utilize it. Wonder where the speed ratings will be by that time 2ghz??
Celeron 366@550 2.27v with Golden Orb, Asus P2B, 128mb Crucial PC133
Matrox G400 32mb DH, Maxtor 10.2GB, Fujistu 4.2GB, Creative 24x, SB Live X-Gamer, D-Link NIC
Duron 750@847, Asus A7V133, 256mb Crucial PC133 CAS2 at 150,
Matrox G400 32mb DH, Maxtor 10.2GB, Maxtor 15.2 GB, Plextor 8/4/32, Samsung 12x DVD, SB Live X-Gamer, D-Link NIC