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Marvel G450 eTV
on the heels of the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon is this latest all-in-one
graphics card from Matrox. The Marvel eTV features the new G450 graphics
acceleration engine, designed to enhance 2D, 3D, video and DVD playback.
Matrox likes to think of it as 'The total entertainment solution' but
that's quite a claim to make.
G450 eTV AGP graphics card features a TV tuner, audio and video input/output,
and DVD playback. There is a single VGA connector for attaching an analogue
monitor, and display resolutions go up to 2048 x 1536 pixels at 85Hz.
The card supports a twin display setup using the VGA port and the S-video
or composite video outputs. It is possible to connect not only a TV
set for viewing video, but also for extending the desktop - for training
or presentation purposes, for instance. Matrox recommends a system of
700MHz and a DVD-ROM drive to take full advantage of the card's features.
Matrox, though, has had the foresight to automatically disable certain
features should a computer not meet the suggested requirements. In our
case, running a 400MHz processor, the only disabled feature was 'timeshifting'
- the pause and replay of live TV.
The Matrox Marvel G450 eTV is certainly an impressive bit of kit. It
delivers a great deal of graphics power and a wide range of features.
However, in our opinion, it can't lay claim to the title, 'king of the
total entertainment solutions'. Currently, that title can more reasonably
be claimed by the slightly more expensive ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon (review
p26). The Matrox, though, is undoubtedly a highly respected contender
for the crown.
For the full review,
see the June 2001 issue of Computer Video.
Reviewed in June's
Matrox Marvel G450 eTV
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon
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