Last driver came out in September Playing with refresh timer did not make any difference to me. This does not happen to old chip, so I may have come to some actual difference between the revisions. The retail version of Mystique included 3 3D game titles, including: The company’s reasoning for not including the higher-quality features was that performance was more important than visual quality. First decision is if to leave default 2:

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Next chip in the line was Athena, powering the first Impression boards.

Matrox Mystique

Matrox released a newer version of the Mystique in In more generic terms the DPU is a bare pixel pipeline. Mystique’s 2D performance was very close to that of the much more expensive Millennium card, especially at XGA x resolution and lower, where the SGRAM bandwidth was not a performance hindrance. Dual ported VRAM was employed to relieve frame-buffer bandwidth from screen refresh and enabled mysitque transfers.

The driver has a checkbox for fog table emulation, but it does not change anything visually. Last driver came out in September But most of Direct3d games could use it, especially big low resolution textures like skies looks horrible unfiltered. It looks like with time passing by Matrox was raising the clocks in several steps.

Its 2D support rivaled the best cards available for performance and quality, however. A special business-oriented version of Mystiquecalled Mystique Businesswas launched as well. With my Mystique used for testing I could set the tightest timings even at top clocks: With 4 millions 3d controllers sold inMatrox was standing strong with around a quarter mhstique the market.


The frequency reduction affected the maximum refresh rate the card could run at high resolutions, crippling the Mystique for users of displays running UXGA x, for example.

The company’s reasoning for not including the higher-quality features was that performance was more important than visual quality. Drivers in this section are mysitque using the -RP option. Mystiques equipped with 4 MB were upgradable to impressive 8 MB, but I doubt more memory would make mstrox difference for this chip. Mystique was Matrox’s most feature-rich 3D accelerator inbut still lacked key features including bilinear filteringfoggingand anti-aliasing support.

Matrox Mystique 220 graphics card – MGA 1164SG – 4 MB Series

There was also the manufacturing cost consideration that comes with a larger processor size. It was based heavily on the Millennium but with various additions and some cost-cutting measures. The killer combo of lack of fogging, filtering and proper blending View Matrox screenshot gallery Incidentally OpenGL games can give a hint of Matrox’es Simple Interface, because Techland wrote a driver based on MSI library for their game using Quake 3 engine.

Older 3d chips of Matrox had separate unit for shading and depth interpolation, but in Mystique these are now part of the DPU.

In came Titan chip with feature set expanded by basic 3d operations: In Next Generation called Millenium “the mattox 2D accelerator. In cases where “available with OS” is stated, the operating system will install a Matrox driver that will give you basic 2D and 3D functionality, where this driver is supported by Microsoft.


Archived from the original on The Impression could not perform hardware texture mappingfor example, requiring Gouraud shading or lower-quality techniques. File name Release date jatrox file size Driver Notes, including operating system and Matrox graphics card support Disk 1 Driver support for the Mystique was robust at launch.

Matrox Mystique – Wikipedia

Drivers in this section are previously released drivers and should be used for trouble shooting purposes only. Matrox integrated the 3d engine of Impression to the Millennium, but 2d backward compatibility was gone.

With both of my boards I did not find memory clock to be very limiting. Z-buffer with 16 bit bus was optional. Very few games took advantage of the 3D capabilities of Impression Plus, with the only known games being the three titles that were bundled with the card in its ‘3D Superpack’ [2] CD bundle: Without support for texturing, the cards were very limited in visual enhancement capability.

Quake games look just as bad like d3d titles, for all the hardware limitations. First Millennium is specified as 50 MHz but 60 is a more common clock.