Matrox Millennium II, 4MB WRAM, PCI

Sehr schnelle Karte, ideal für späte DOS-Spiele, kann Ihre Vorteile gegenüber der Millennium I allerdings nur unter Windows ausspielen. Das Bild zeigt die Grundversion mit 4MB, die per Memory-Huckepack-Modul auf 8MB aufgerüstet werden kann. Der Grafikprozessor ist nun in BGA-Bauform, während Matrox bei der Millennium I noch auf PGA gesetzt hat.

11 Gedanken zu „Matrox Millennium II, 4MB WRAM, PCI

  • 27. Juli 2016 um 13:17
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    Hi!

    Can someone tell what output the black connector is? I have a similar card but the vga output is blueish. I thought I use the other one, but don’t find anything to connect to it.
    Thank you!

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    • 27. Juli 2016 um 19:58
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      Hello Gabriel.
      I don’t know that card in detail but at first glance it looks like a DVI connector to me.

      Regards,
      Thomas

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      • 27. Juli 2016 um 21:19
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        This is a 26-pin D-Sub Connector which is named with „A/V“…

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    • 28. Juli 2016 um 09:47
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      The connector is a combined Audio and Video Input / Output connector called „Media XL Input/Output Connector“ that can be used when the Media XL daughterboard is attached. So it’s not a second output as you might have hoped for.
      If your VGA signal renders a blue image there might be some broken traces. You can measure them with a multimeter and resolder them. If it’s not worth the effort, just get a „new“ card, Matrox cards are still easy to find (2016).

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  • 10. August 2015 um 15:41
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    I really DON’T WANT a higher resolution . Aren’t we are all retro lovers?? So I don’t understand all the discussion about more colours, more pixels, faster CPUs….
    I LOVE my 286-16 with 320×200 res..it’s a perfect little arcade machine

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  • 23. Januar 2012 um 21:51
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    The biggest resolution that I managed to get was 1920×1080, although with Matrox G200 in Windows 98 (stdandard Plug&Play monitor driver) on Samsung 2333HD LCD. Picture was clear and sharp as with modern graphics card. I think that with Millenium II you can also get same resolutions. I wonder is it possible to get Windows 3.1 in Full-HD resolution with any Matrox card (the last one with drivers for Windows 3.1 is G400). I guess I’ll have to find out 🙂

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    • 28. Januar 2012 um 12:03
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      OK Ivan, I see. But you cannot compare a more modern G200 with the Millenium II card so maybe it differs in resolution and refresh rates as well. Btw. You can achieve Full HD in Windows 3.x with a 8MB Riva128ZX card.

      Kind Regards
      Fabian

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  • 5. Januar 2012 um 12:34
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    Well, you can have some insanely high resolutions with that much memory. For example – for 1920×1080 resolution (in 24-bit color) you need: (1920x1080x24)/8 =~ (only) 6.2 Megabytes of video RAM 🙂

    Your hardware looks _very_ clean. I have been washing all of my vintage hardware (except monitors and drives) for years, and to this day I haven’t encountered any problems doing so. Maybe I’m just lucky 🙂

    Bye!

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    • 12. Januar 2012 um 10:02
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      I know that calculation and the relation between memory size and resolution, I just wondered if the card offers the resolution in reality. There are quite a few cards with 16 or more MB which are bios-restricted to lower resolutions by default. But many drivers can bypass these restrictions.

      Did you use your MiII card with such a high resolution? Is the image still clear and crisp?

      Regarding the cleaning with water: Well i think you don’t give your cards a real dive into the sink 😀 so the risk of oxidation is minimized by the vaporation of the remaining thin layer of water on the surface of your hardware.

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  • 4. Januar 2012 um 15:20
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    Hey Ivan,
    thanks for your comment.
    I didn’t know that there’s a 12MB module for this card. 16MB is very much for a card of this class and age. Which is the highest possible resolution with 16megs ?

    I don’t wash my cards at all. I have a fine antistatic paintbrush that I use to clean my cards from dust. If there is additional dirt I clean it carefully with a cotton stick dipped in 100% alcohol to prevent the PCB from oxydation.

    Greetings to beautiful Croatia,
    Fabian

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  • 4. Januar 2012 um 09:50
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    You can upgrade this card to 16 MB! I have this exact version, with 12 MB memory module 🙂

    Nice pictures – keep up the good work!

    Do you wash all of your cards & boards?

    Regards!

    Retro-lover from Croatia …

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