Matrox Graphics is one of the oldest graphics card manufacturers still in business today. It started to make video cards in 1978, several years before ATI, and 15 years before NVIDIA. While the company's own internal GPU development efforts petered early this century, the company has continued on as a specialist card maker, using other vendors' GPUs to make special-purpose multi-monitor solutions. Since 2014 the company has been using AMD’s GPUs for its boards, and earlier this month the company inked a similar agreement with NVIDIA. This week, Matrox launched its first NVIDIA-based graphics cards.

The Matrox D-series family of multi-display graphics cards based on a custom-built NVIDIA Quadro embedded GPU and carries 4 GB of GDDR5 memory as well as four DisplayPort 1.4 (D1480) or four HDMI 2.0 (D1450) outputs. The D1450 supports four monitors, with a maximum resolution of up to 4096x2160@60Hz, whereas the D1480 adapter supports four monitors with resolujtions up to 5120×3200@60Hz. The card consumes 47 W and only uses power supplied to it through the PCIe x16 slot.

For video wall applications used in aerospace, military, pro A/V, digital signage, security, and industries, four of Matrox D-series boards can be combined in a single system via board-to-board framelock cables, driving up to 16 displays using one PC. In addition, the cards can further be augmented with Matrox's QuadHead2Go multi-display controllers to drive up to 64 Full-HD screens from a single PC. It is also possible to pair D-series cards with Matrox Mura IPX capture and IP encode/decode boards for applications that need those capabilities.

Matrox does not disclose which GPU it uses for the D-series video cards, but it claims that the ‘custom-built’ NVIDIA Quadro GPU is compatible with DirectX 12, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.5, which points to one of NVIDIA’s latest architecture (e.g., Pascal, Turing).

Matrox’s D1450 and D1480 graphics cards will be available sometimes in the second quarter. Their exact pricing is unknown, but expect to see Matrox to charge a premium for their specialized products.

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  • Samus - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - link

    Resolujtions, a new file organizer from IKEA.
  • Hardware Geek - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    "Matrox’s D1450 and D1480 graphics cards will be available sometimes in the second quarter."

    Sometimes they will be available, sometimes they won't be available... Actually that's probably accurate. Nevermind
  • tipoo - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    They live! I'm still a bit sad the S3 graphics website finally went down, lol
  • BoemlauweBas - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    But where you a mere 'S3 Trio' kinda person, or where people trowing themselves before you, knowing you where rocking the "Diamond Stealth 3D 4000 S3-ViRGE GX2 AGP" ? Pretty sure it did about 5 fps more on Decent / Doom II / Red Alert @ 640x480'ish. Word.
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - link

    S3 lives on, in some form. VIA owned them and is using them in the new Zhaoxin CPUs. I gather they sold off the branding to HTC, though.
  • Jon Tseng - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    One from the archives!
  • - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Thanks for the link, it was interesting to read the review. It was about the time the Parhelia cards were introduced that I moved over to a Radeon card. I vaguely remember it was a "bang for the buck" issue. The card didn't have a lot of bang but cost a lot of bucks compared with the competition.
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - link

    Dang, I used to have a Tseng graphics card!
  • - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Back in the early and mid 90s, I used to use Matrox graphics cards in my builds (back when they produced cards for the consumer market). Glad to hear they're still around, since many of the hardware and software makers have either folded or been acquired and merged. The rise in gaming and video graphics seem to have been a challenge for them in the face of cards from 3Dfx, ATI, and Nvidia and they weren't competitive with their products.
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    The MGA-G200 core is still a part of many server iBMCs active today.

    Whether you can use its once-vaunted hardware acceleration features is another matter; Linux kernel-mode switching display drivers don't support that bit, and in fact even scrolling the console locked up a core of my CPU (admittedly, on 1280x1024 with tiny fonts). Seeing as it's mostly pushing bits around memory, it got a lot faster once I reduced to 8-bit colour (video=1280x1024R-8@75 TERM=putty-256color).

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