First post, by dr.zeissler
Hi there, as the title already tells you it's about getting the most out of the matrox-mystique within a K6-2/450. It's not only about the native 3D API the mystique came with, it's also about early D3D with optimized settings for matrox-mystique.
Until a week ago I did not knew that the mystique offers D3D acceleration, though some major features for D3D are not available, BUT the performance is pretty decent. So I started this project and began testing.
My main target OS is Win95b, the machine has 128MB RAM and a 40GB HDD. Beside Win95b the system has also MSDOS and OS/2 in Multiboot. Amithlon refuses to restart (instant quit and reboot) and beside that I did not have chosen what additional OS will be installed. So here we start wirth Win95B.
The latest game that offers "mystique-option" is resident evil2 and this requires DX6 to run. So DX6 is set. (normally I would not go higher than DX5). Now it was time to choose the driver. I tested 4 different win9x drivers. The earlier ones have issues on some games, but they offer D3D acceleration. The later ones broke mostly everything. It turned out the driver 4.03.00.3700 offers the best compatibility. With this driver and the correct version of DungeonKeeperD3D everything works fine, so this driver was set.
Now I am checking the games and they are a lot of great games to play on the mystique. It's a BIG difference if you chose "software-rendering" in hires and if you can switch to D3D acceleration on the mystique. To my eyes the mystique is even better and far more compatible than my PCX1.
Beside the excellent 2D acceleration it's now about checking the games. Would be nice if someone who also uses a mystique in a retro-rig can share his experiences too.
SNI-Scovery-212 (Acer-MB VL66 Onboard-Intel-Lan, Onboard AtiRage IIc (not used))
- AMD K-2/450
- 128MB Ram (2x64MB)
- 40GB Seagate HDD
- 1,44MB 3,5"
- PCI ESS-Solo1 with MIDI-Module
- PCI Matrox-Mystique 4MB
Retro-Gamer 😀PowerMac 6100-66/Houdini 486/66 - G4 Cube 450/Rage128pro OS9.0.1 - Macintosh LC/Apple IIe Card OS6.0.8 - Acorn A4000 Archimedes - Unisys CWD 486/66 + Aztech Washington