Matrox's Millennium P750 graphics card

TripleHead with a two-by-four
— 1:15 AM on August 14, 2003

A LONG, LONG TIME ago, Matrox's G400 Max was arguably the best graphics card on the market. The G400 Max was the card to have for 3D gaming. The card had impeccable video signal quality, and was ideal for multimonitor configurations. Much has changed, however, in the four years since the G400 Max's release. Today, ATI and NVIDIA dominate the consumer-level 3D graphics, relegating Matrox to something of a niche player.

Fourteen months ago, it looked like Matrox might have found an edge with the high-end Parhelia. At first glance, Parhelia's technology was impressive, but the card's actual performance left something to be desired, especially considering its $400 price tag. With ATI and NVIDIA offering dual monitor support and strong video signal quality—traditionally sources of strength for Matrox—the pricey Parhelia wasn't exactly a hit with enthusiasts.

To give more budget-conscious consumers and businesses a taste of Parhelia's features at a lower price, Matrox is rolling out the Millennium P750. With only half of Parhelia's 3D graphics power, the P750 definitely isn't targeted at high-end 3D workstations or gaming machines. However, the prospect of getting Parhelia's features at a more reasonable price should be quite tempting for businesses and multimonitor enthusiasts. Can the Millennium P750 carve out space for itself in the crowded graphics market, or will it go the way of HeadCasting? Read on to find out.

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