Montreal - Matrox announced today the Mach Smack G500 video card. Their
next generation card which competes with NVIDIA's GeForce 2 and ATI's
The Mach Smack card has a feature that is sure to make
it a best seller. Utilizing proprietary interpolative texture
mapping, the card is able to display clothed images of people as
if the clothes had been removed. Matrox claims this is the
first card that will allow users to see through clothes, and has
dubbed the feature BodyMAP.
"The GPU on this card is not just an improvement on the G450,
but was completely redesigned from the ground up. We think
that both hardcore gamers and perverts alike
will love this card," said Matrox VP of Technical Marketing
Todd Sands, "This card is going to shake up the whole industry. Not
only are the other video card manufacturers fearful but the celebrity
nude sites are in trouble too. No need to pay for them when
you can just find any digital picture and see it in the raw."
Initial reviews are positive noting that the FPS rate in Quake 3:
Arena is comparable to the ATI Radeon card. Kyle Bennett of
HardOCP said, "In Quake this card shakes its booty. Where
it really rocks is with the BodyMAP feature. I was at the Britney
Spears site for over six hours. One disappointment was that loose fitting clothes caused some
minor problems, particularly blurring of key areas." A Matrox
representative claims that the loose clothing problem is a driver
issue and should be resolved with the next update of the drivers.
Casual users are also giving positive feedback, "I feel like
Superman with this thing", said teenager Trevor Bilbanks. "I
haven't left my computer for days. This is beyond my wildest
dreams. I'm really glad Matrox made BodyMAP a user configurable
feature, because once I ended up at CNN.com and saw more of Janet
Reno than I really ever cared to."
Industry analysts think this should vault Matrox to the top of the
heap in the ultra-competitive video card marketplace. A few
phone calls around town showed that stores had trouble keeping the
cards on the shelves. Store managers also noted that 90% of
the buyers also purchased a digital camera at the same time.
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