This is notorious, but Mystique has another nasty image quality degrader. The newer Millennium card also contained 3D capabilities similar to the Impression Plus, and was nearly as limited. Millennium’s engine is exposed to Direct3d, but I don’t know any titles except Turok which would not require texturing. But most of Direct3d games could use it, especially big low resolution textures like skies looks horrible unfiltered. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. PCI interface was enriched by bus mastering.

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The company’s reasoning for not including the higher-quality features was that performance was more important than visual quality.

Matrox Mystique – Wikipedia

Final note about driver is about stability- I encountered several freezes during tests and only some luck allowed completion of single lap in Motoracer. Overall feel is closer to console like Playstation rather than other PC 3d graphics. Conclusion Mystique has its strong and weak sides. Mta support for the Mystique was robust at launch. Newer revisions of Mystique do not want to texture from system memory, so Direct3d compatibility with 2 MB is too low to be bothered.

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.

I found this just as annoying as 1146sg of texture filtering. Including bilinear filtering would have incurred a significant cost in the chip’s transistor budget for more computational resources and potentially reduce graphics core clock speed and performance due to a larger chip design.


Memory controller is in charge of depth comparison. No Mystique can display textures in Shogo and 3dmark The newer Millennium card also contained 3D capabilities similar to the Impression Plus, and was nearly as limited.

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

Detractors, however, referred to the card as the “Matrox Mystake”. Besides the ramdac Mystique also integrates video engine with hardware scaler.

Playing with refresh timer did not make any difference to me. There was also the manufacturing cost consideration that comes with a larger processor size. Older 3d chips of Matrox had separate unit for shading and depth interpolation, but in Mystique these are now part of the DPU. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was blazing fast 2D card with crisp output for modern graphical interfaces like just fresh Windows Unlike Millennium these boards had mva pricing and still good GUI performance as one would expect from Matrox.

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.

In first Quake lightmaps are not even mba with world textures. The answer to these limitations, and Matrox’s first attempt at targeting the consumer gaming PC market, would be the Matrox Mystique. In the beginning of the nineties the mission was to bring workstation class performance to a PC.

Overclocking With early Matrox 3d cards things are not so simple if you are looking for maximum. 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: Limited feature set prevents quite a few games from working properly or at all on the Mystique. The alpha blending patterns are visually poising many games as well. Matrox Mystique Let me skip some of the long history of the company and start with the inception of MGA- 64 bit Matrox Graphics architecture.


This does not happen to old chip, so I may have come to some actual difference 11164sg the revisions.

Matrox Mystique

In the late Matrox released Impression Plus board, able to theoretically render k Gouraud shaded polygons per second. Mystique is powered by SG chip, evolving from Millennium’s Ma. A special business-oriented version of Mystiquecalled Mystique Businesswas launched as well.

Next chip in the line was Athena, powering the first Impression boards. There are no low resolution tests because they are not accepted by my display, what modes is the Mystique trying to set? Mystique has DAC integrated to the core and plain synchronous memory interface to reduce board complexity and costs much below expensive Millennium.

The retail version of Mystique included 3 3D game titles, including: