View Full Version : G550: fast enough?

1st May 2001, 05:31
Hi fellow MURCers!

How fast do you think the G550 will be, compared to other cards, if you take the rumored specs? Do you think the specs are correct?

More importantly, will it be fast enough for you and what would you be willing to pay for it?

Thanks http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


1st May 2001, 05:38
dunno http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


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1st May 2001, 05:49
when it gets to paper, that'll be the time to predict performance levels...
but it has yet to get that far.. don't know what it is, or if it is, or even when...

wait and be merry

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1st May 2001, 05:53
My lips are sealed...

1st May 2001, 05:53
OK, I'm no expert, so I have to guess about it's performance (or take someone else's guess as a fact), and I think it will be almost quite as fast as a GF2 (plain), which is fast enough for me. I'd be willing to spend $200-250 on it (Don't know what GF2's cost though http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif).


1st May 2001, 06:02
The specs, as I've heard the rumours, are:

2 Pipelines with 2 TMUs each
128 Bit DDR Ram
4 Matrix Skinning
Ram and core running at 166 MHz

This would give us a card with the fillrate of a Geforce2 MX and the memory bandwidth of a Geforce 2 GTS (the GTS has 4 pipelines). In fact the bandwidth/fillrate will be the same as a Radeon DDR, with the difference being that the Radeon has 3 TMUs per pipeline and full DX7 T&L instead of the Matrix Skinning.

So considering this I would expect the G550 be in the league as a Radeon DDR, but if games starts to utilize the 3rd TMU in the Radeon (Serious Sam already does) and the full DX7 T&L, the G550 will be slower.

Of course many other factors are significant in the overall speed of the card, ATI has their Hyper-Z technology which helps to improve their bandwidth even further, for one.

I just hope that the G550 will be competitive with the Radeon DDR and hopefully Geforce2 GTS, while retaining the well known Matrox quality (this goes without saying), but if this is the case I fear for the price ...

1st May 2001, 07:29
For this card to be worth buying for the average consumer it must be priced about the same as a high end MX card. Any more and it could well be left sitting on resellers shelves. It might some get large oem deals but the market is becoming saturated with good quality *business* cards, many of which will certainly be cheaper.
As an aside I have a couple of questions.
How many pipelines/TMU does the G400 have? If the number was to be increased from its current to the level of the GTS2 what sort of speed would we be looking at.
Finally is the G400 fillrate or memory limited?

regards Michael

1st May 2001, 08:19
What's a G550?

MatroxG400MAX..and some other stuff

1st May 2001, 08:25
The G400 has 2 pipes with 2 TMUs per pipe, AFAIK.
I think it's pretty well balanced fillrate/bandwidth-wise with the core running at 3/4 mem speed, I do get a small performance increase if I increse the core without incresing mem speed, but not very much, so I guess it is a bit fillrate limited.

If the number of pipelines are doubled to 4 (as the GTS) we should see performance in the GTS area, which would be cool http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

1st May 2001, 10:57
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">For this card to be worth buying for the average consumer it must be priced about the same as a high end MX card.</font>

It doesn't seem like Matrox cares if the "average consumer" buys their product. OEM design wins are where it's at.

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Any more and it could well be left sitting on resellers shelves.</font>

Which reseller? Do you not remember the G400's entry into the market? If you wanted one, the only reliable place to find one was the Matrox online store.

Based on the information coming out of Matrox, they could care less about retail sales to end users. They seem to be going after lucrative OEM contracts.

1st May 2001, 11:08
errrr, have I missed something, or does this card actually exist somewhere other then in the figment of someone's imagination?

Also, assuming it does exist, those specs seem OKish now, but it had better reach the market place soon, cos the GTS is already starting to seem old.


1st May 2001, 13:00

no real specs have been shown , yet ..

1st May 2001, 13:22
This is where it all started:


It has the answers to most of your questions, but I dont think its very reliable myself.


1st May 2001, 13:50
Thanks CHHAS
From the sound of it the G550 has the same number of pipelines/TMU's etc as the G400. The only difference would be erm...ddr ram and some T&L thingy which I guess it probably doesnt have the raw power to run fast enough anyhow http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif.

Surely, doubling the number of pipelines etc in the G400 core wouldnt be a major undertaking.

regards MD

1st May 2001, 14:28
Its all pure speculation still. I don't care what 'info' has been leaked, until its posted on Matrox's website as an official product, those 'specs' are meaningless.

However, my gut feeling is that its going to be another lackluster card, targeted at the buisness customer. Not quite as pathetic of a showing as the G450, but I doubt it'll be able to compete even with what is considered 'low-end 3D' by the time it is released and _available_ to the end user.

1st May 2001, 17:06
I hope they bring out a non-crippled Marvel version of this card. If it performs as well as a Radeon AIW (at least in current games), than I'll be getting one for sure.

[This message has been edited by EvilDonnyboy (edited 02 May 2001).]

1st May 2001, 20:47
The G4X0s only have 2 pixels pipelines with ONE TMU each...


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We're currently working on the impossible;
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1st May 2001, 21:24
Oh, you're right! My bad.

So if we'll see 2 pipes with 2 TMU's fillrate will be double compared to a G400 running at the same clock http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by CHHAS (edited 02 May 2001).]

3rd May 2001, 08:32
The whole condor thing probably is true. What Condor is is likely the chip's code name.

G400's codename is Toucan. Hence, they are just following the whole bird thing.

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