How we tested the Parhelia

To determine the performance of the Matrox Parhelia-512, ZDNet carried out the following benchmark tests: Benchmark tests: Parhelia-512ApplicationGenreAPIBenchmark3DMark 2001severalDirectX 8integratedComanche 4Action-SimDirectX 8.1integratedDroneZ-MarkActionOpenGLintegratedQuake 3ActionOpenGLQuaverQuake 3ActionOpenGLNV15-DemoAquamarkAdventureDirectX 8.

To determine the performance of the Matrox Parhelia-512, ZDNet carried out the following benchmark tests:

Benchmark tests: Parhelia-512
Application
Genre
API
Benchmark

3DMark 2001 several DirectX 8 integrated
Comanche 4 Action-Sim DirectX 8.1 integrated
DroneZ-Mark Action OpenGL integrated
Quake 3 Action OpenGL Quaver
Quake 3 Action OpenGL NV15-Demo
Aquamark Adventure DirectX 8.1 integrated
Spec Viewperf 7.0 CAD/CAM OpenGL integrated

The test platform was an Athlon XP/2000+-based system with an Abit KR7A RAID motherboard. This was fitted with 256MB of memory (DDR, PC2100, CL2) and an IBM Deskstar DTLA 307030 hard drive with a rotation speed of 7,200rpm. We tested under Windows XP at 1,024 by 768 resolution in 32-bit colour. The Matrox Parhelia was controlled with the 226 drivers; an nVidia GeForce 4 Ti 4600 card with the detonator drivers 29.42 (WHQL) served as a comparison.

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