It was based heavily on the Millennium but with various additions and some cost-cutting measures. Intensive, real-time, 3D programs are more likely to use such extra bandwidth. By the same token, a bit PCI card can be inserted into a bit slot. Currently, the only devices that use a x16 link are graphics cards. PCI Peripheral Component Interconnect is a type of computer bus for attaching or inserting peripheral devices into a computer. The differences in these bandwidths only affect the speed at which data is transferred between the graphics hardware and the rest of the computer. Mystique also had various ports on the card for memory expansion and additional hardware peripherals.

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Matrox released a newer version of the Mystique in Intensive, real-time, 3D programs are more likely to use such extra bandwidth. Potential bandwidths of PCI, and PCIe The higher potential bandwidth that certain slot graphic provide don’t necessarily result in proportionally higher performance. It was not matdox to pair up the Mystique or another Matrox card with a 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics 3D-only board because the Voodoo cards were the fastest and most well-supported 3D accelerators at the time.

By the same 46, a bit PCI card can be inserted into a bit slot. Archived from the original on For higher potential bandwidth, PCIe devices and systems can optionally support links using multiple simultaneous lanes—for example, a matfox link uses 16 lanes. A special business-oriented version of Mystiquecalled Mystique Businesswas launched as well.

Below is a summary of the different potential bandwidths for the most popular variants of the basic PCI standard. 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.


The newer Millennium card also contained 3D capabilities similar to the Impression Plus, and was nearly as limited.

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The frequency reduction affected the maximum refresh rate the card could run at high resolutions, crippling the Mystique for users of displays running UXGA x, for example. To support extra lanes, a PCIe card and slot must be designed to accommodate the extra electrical lines required 2 lines per lane. The higher potential bandwidth that certain slot types provide don’t necessarily result in proportionally higher performance. Mystique was Matrox’s most feature-rich 3D accelerator inbut still lacked key features including bilinear filteringfoggingand anti-aliasing support.

PCI cards and slots are keyed to support different voltages. PCIe cards will physically fit into slots designed for their lane configuration or higher up-plugging but not into slots designed for lower lane configurations down-plugging.

These bandwidths don’t affect the speed of the graphics chip itself and don’t directly affect the speed of the rest of the computer. Detractors, matrod, referred to the card as the “Matrox Mystake”. Views Read Edit View history. Otherwise, the card was identical in feature-set to the original Mystique and offered almost identical performance.

Very few games took advantage of the 3D capabilities of Impression Grxphics, with the only known games being the three titles that were bundled with the card in its ‘3D Superpack’ [2] CD bundle: The company’s reasoning for not including the higher-quality features was that performance was more important than visual quality.

The original Mystique was introduced inwith the slightly upgraded Mystique having been released in Including bilinear filtering would have incurred a significant cost in the chip’s transistor budget for more computational grapjics and potentially reduce graphics core clock speed and performance due to a larger chip design.


The bandwidth associated with each slot type is the maximum achievable and is subject graohics limitations due to software overhead for example, operating system activity and whether an application is maximizing usage. Currently, the only devices that use a x16 link are graphics cards.

The following summarizes the differences in matroz bandwidth between the various slot types. A connection between a PCIe device and the system is known as a “link” and this link is built around a dedicated, bi-directional, serial 1-bitpoint-to-point connection known as a “lane”. A link can use more than one lane ma a time but all links compliant with the PCIe specification must minimally support single-lane connections, referred to as “x1” pronounced “by-one” links.

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Matrox makes a variety of marox cards designed to be inserted into certain types of computer expansion slots. In this case, the edge connector of the card will only fill part of the slot and the connection will be bit. Other devices typically don’t require the high potential bandwidths provided by such a connection.

These various types of slots and expansion cards are generally compatible with each other. There was also the manufacturing cost consideration that comes with a larger processor size.