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Benchmarking Setup

AMD Duron 800 @ 800 MHz
Heatsink & Fan
3dfxCOOL Socket A-HO Fan
AOpen AK33
128 MB Micron PC100 Cas2 SDRAM @ 133 MHz
Hard Drive(s)
Western Digital 27 GB ATA66


EPO 50x, 10x DVD
Sound Card
On board 3D Surround (AC97 Codec)
Video Card
Matrox Millennium G450

Operating System
Windows ME
Video / VIA Drivers
Matrox 6.21 final release, VIA 4in1 4.28a
Benchmarking Applications
Quake III Arena
Microsoft DirectX 8.0
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1.

The Duron 800 used in testing this board was provided by the great guys at AMD. While I was in the middle of benchmarking this card Matrox released a new set of drivers on their website. Originally I had planned to use a few more benchmarks to show this card's excellent 2D business performance. I came to the conclusion that most of these benchmarks aren't in wide use anymore and that the information that they provided wouldn't be all that helpful. So rather than throw numbers at you that wouldn't say a whole lot I tested this card in the same manner we've tested other cards that have come through the TargetPC labs and I'll leave it to the conclusions page to discuss the 2D performance. Do try to keep in mind that this card is designed to satisfy the average business user or graphics user. It wasn't built to give the highest Quake III scores around. Why test with Quake III or 3DMark? I wanted to show its performance so those of you who are interested in all the features of the G450 can compare it to some of our other reviews and compare performance for yourselves.

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