Although the Parhelia DL256 does have a full 3D feature set, 3D performance is not really paramount to Matroxâ€™s target market. I therefore didnâ€™t run any conventional benchmarks using the card, instead choosing to hook it up to multiple displays, and run various creative applications.
Thereâ€™s no denying that this card is the perfect companion for anyone wishing to use a four megapixel screen like the Apple display, with a PC rather than a Mac. Of course if youâ€™re looking for something to run graphically intensive design packages like AutoCAD or 3DStudio Max, then youâ€™re probably better off with one of the dual link workstation cards from ATI or nVidia, but youâ€™re going to need deep pockets, because those cards donâ€™t come cheap.
Talking of cost, the Parhelia DL256 isnâ€™t what youâ€™d call cheap either, but at Â£457 including VAT, itâ€™s still a fair bit cheaper than a workstation card. And when you factor in the fact that the 30in Apple Cinema Display is going to set you back over Â£2,000 as well, saving a bit of cash on the graphics card canâ€™t be bad.
The Matrox Parhelia DL256 is a great solution for anyone that wants to run a high resolution screen like the 30in Apple Cinema Display, but doesnâ€™t want to have to buy a G5 Mac to drive it. Not only does its dual link capability let you drive the Apple screen, it also gives you the option of outputting to a video monitor for previewing your video editing projects. Even if youâ€™re not a video editor and youâ€™ve just been wishing for a way to run Appleâ€™s flagship screen without having to buy a Mac, the DL256 can make your dream come true.