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End of life (EOL) effective May 2010
The Matrox Parhelia PCI 256MB is an EOL product and is no longer being manufactured or sold by Matrox. Consult your local resellers and distributors for available inventory. Customers who have deployed the Parhelia PCIe 256MB can now benefit from nearest product alternatives such as the P690 PCI, P690 Plus LP PCI, and M9138 LP PCIe x16.

For projects with significant volume and where the EOL product is a requirement, please contact Matrox.


Matrox Parhelia PCI 256MB

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The Matrox Parhelia PCI 256MB multi monitor graphics card supports dual and triple monitor setup configurations and quad-buffered stereo-3D (stereoscopic) output.

  • Matrox TripleHead to use three* analog monitors at a time (in "independent" or "stretched" mode)
  • Matrox DualHead to use two digital or analog monitors at a time (in "independent" or "stretched" mode)
  • Joined graphics card mode enables an additional Matrox DualHead** or TripleHead† graphics solution to work in tandem in one system to drive up to four displays‡
  • 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI card compatible with all PCI and PCI-X slots
  • 256 MB graphics memory
  • Matrox UltraSharp Display Output Technology
  • TV-output support (composite video and S-video, NTSC or PAL)
  • Multi-display 2D/3D OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX acceleration
  • Hardware support for quad-buffered stereo-3D output
  • Unified Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista XDDM display driver for Matrox Parhelia series and Millennium P-series graphics cards
  • Display drivers Matrox-certified for leading CAD and GIS software
  • Easy-to-use Matrox PowerDesk driver interface
  • Widescreen resolution support and additional functionality via Matrox PowerRes
  • Display pivoting (rotation) support
  • Matrox Clone to view a copy of one display on another display
  • Matrox Multi-Display Zoom to view a portion of one display full-screen on another display
  • Matrox PureVideo to view hardware-accelerated video playback in a video window on one display and full-screen on another display
  • Matrox Glyph Anti-Aliasing for the hardware-accelerated smoothing of text edges
  • Support for customizable unattended installation for rapid multi-system setup
  • Upgrade available for external video input (composite video or S-video)
  • Global sales and technical support
  • 3-year warranty

* The resolution of each display must be the same when using TripleHead on products in this series.
** With Joined graphics card mode, a DualHead graphics card can only be joined with another DualHead graphics card to drive a maximum of four displays.
† TripleHead graphics cards are supported in DualHead mode only.
‡ Joined graphics card mode multi-display configurations can be obtained by downloading the Matrox PowerDesk-SE version 2.04 display driver and above.

Hardware included

  • Matrox Parhelia PCI 256MB graphics card
  • DVI-to-HD15 dual-monitor adapter cable (1-foot)
  • DVI-to-HD15 connector adapter
  • TV-output adapter cable (composite video and S-video, 1-foot)
  • Stereo-3D adapter cable (mini DIN-3 connector, 1-foot)
  • Stereo-3D connector bracket (mini DIN-3 connector)

Software included

  • Matrox display driver for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP*
  • Matrox PowerDesk (driver interface and utilities)

* Drivers for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP X64 (64-bit) and Windows Vista XDDM available online. For other possible operating systems, contact Matrox.

Optional upgrades

  • Video input adapter cable (composite video and S-video, 1-foot)
  • Matrox ASM (Advanced Synchronization Module) for synchronization with video input or other Matrox graphics cards

Maximum resolutions (per display)

  • Digital, 1-2 monitors: 1920 x 1200
  • Analog, 1-2 monitors: 2048 x 1536
  • Analog, 3 monitors: 1280 x 1024