2D Image Quality

Of all of the cards tested, the Matrox G400 featured the best 2D image quality with NVIDIA’s GeForce 256 coming in an almost indiscernible second place. The higher speed RAMDACs of the G400 & the GeForce give it the advantage in driving higher resolution monitors (1600 x 1200 and above) at greater refresh rates.

At everything below 1600 x 1200, the 2D image quality of all of the cards was virtually the same. However, keep in mind that the cards all have individual features that may tilt the balance of favor in their direction. Read the individual reviews of the chipsets and respective cards listed in our Video Reviews Index.

The Test

Windows 98 SE Test System

Hardware

CPU(s)

AMD Athlon 700
AMD Athlon 600
AMD Athlon 500
Motherboard(s) ASUS K7M 1.04
Memory

128MB PC133 Corsair SDRAM

Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar 22GXP 22GB Ultra ATA 66 HDD

CDROM

Phillips 48X

Disk Controller

Promise Ultra 66 - Ultra ATA 66 Controller

Video Card

3dfx Voodoo3 3500TV
3dfx Voodoo3 3000
3dfx Voodoo3 2000
Diamond Viper V770 Ultra - NVIDIA TNT2 Ultra
Diamond Viper V770 - NVIDIA TNT2
NVIDIA GeForce 256 SDR Reference Board
Matrox Millennium G400 32MB
Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB

Video Drivers

3dfx Voodoo3 3500TV
3dfx Voodoo3 3000
3dfx Voodoo3 2000

1.03.00

Diamond Viper V770 Ultra - NVIDIA TNT2 Ultra
Diamond Viper V770 - NVIDIA TNT2
NVIDIA GeForce 256 SDR Reference Board

3.53

Matrox Millennium G400 32MB
Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB

5.30.007

Ethernet

Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter

Software

Operating System

Windows 98 SE

Benchmarking Applications

Business

BAPCo SYSmark 98

Gaming

idSoftware Quake 3 Test 1.08 (OpenGL)

Index Q3A - Athlon 700
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