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    Matrox Parhelia Review
    By Vince Freeman :  June 25, 2002

    Quake 3: Arena Performance

    Quake 3 remains the de facto 3D game benchmark here at SE, and due to its highly repeatable results, it is still one of the best methods of comparing different video cards. In this test suite we match the Matrox Parhelia up against the NVIDIA and ATI cards using version 1.30 and the included demo Four. Quake 3 benchmarks were run with the default Normal (16-bit) and High Quality settings, as well as ramping up the detail levels to maximum in our special MAX setting.

    As with all game benchmarks, we're really not testing Quake 3 performance here, but using the benchmark as a consistent measuring stick between different video cards. So keep an eye on the relative performance of the tested cards, in addition to the basic framerate scores.

    With the Quake 3 High Quality testing, we start to get an idea of where the Matrox Parhelia is at in terms of relative performance. The overall scores are still relatively high, but its competitive performance has it finishing last, even below the GeForce3 Ti 200.

    The Quake 3 MAX scores don't get much better for the Parhelia, and we see the same basic structure as with Quake 3 Normal benchmarking.

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Performance

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is a great sequel in the popular franchise and the benchmark portion is even better than the original. This new game not only puts the pressure on new 3D cards (especially at higher resolutions) but provides some excellent in-game demos in wide open spaces with tons of enemies. For our specific tests, we have used the Elephant Atrium demo to determine potential framerates, using both 16 and 32-bit modes.

    The Serious Sam: The Second Encounter 16-bit scores follow the same trend as we witnessed in Quake 3, but place even lower on the relative scale. Serious Sam 2 is not that demanding a game at 1024x768, and the 105 fps score posted by the Parhelia is quite surprising. When the resolutions are increased, the Parhelia falls back quite noticeably, while even the GeForce4 Ti 4200 and Radeon 8500 are able to maintain over 100 fps at 1600x1200.

    There isn't a lot of movement in 32-bit testing, and the Matrox Parhelia continues to post lower-than expected scores in standard Serious Sam 2 benchmarking.

    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Matrox Parhelia 128-MB Card
    Page 3 Parhelia-512 GPU Features
    Page 4 Performance and Test System
  • Page 5 Quake 3 and Serious Sam 2 Performance
    Page 6 Jedi Knight II, Comanche & 3DMark 2001 Performance
    Page 7 Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering Performance
    Page 8 Anti Aliasing Techniques
    Page 9 Image Quality and Screenshots
    Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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