If you’re not going to even touch bit color rendering, then the 16MB version is probably just fine for you. After installing the demos and everything else however, the utility didn’t bother to install the Maxi Gamer Xentor 32’s bundled drivers. Apparently our first Xentor just happened to be one of the occasional bad cards that inevitably happen with any product. In order to keep costs down, Guillemot, like Hercules, opted to remove the digital flat panel output from the board, a wise decision since digital flat panels probably won’t become too mainstream until much later this year. Log in Don’t have an account? The quality is decent, however it isn’t as great as the output on the Matrox G Don’t you just love competition?
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This time, everything was completely stable. Log in Don’t have an account? The installation of the Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 went by the book in AnandTech’s test systems, Guillemot bundled their own software installation utility with gamsr Xentor 32, unfortunately that did vamer include a driver installation utility. Keep in mind though, game bundles don’t sell cards. AnandTech’s first experience with the Xentor wasn’t too pleasant when it came time to test performance and stability.
Rather than compete with Hercules, Guillemot decided to rely on different factors to hopefully persuade potential buyers to ditch Hercules and drop their cash on the Xentor This didn’t appear to be due to heat issues as the Xentor actually stayed a few degrees cooler than the Hercules in our recent July TNT2 Roundup. Click here to find lowest prices on this product.
Guillemot Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 (TNT2 Ultra)
Closer inspection revealed that Guillemot bundled a very old build guillrmot the TNT2 drivers with their card, the exact revision on the CD reviewed was It’s not uncommon for a TNT2 manufacturer to release their products with an earlier build of the TNT2 drivers as it’s better to release a card with tried and true stable drivers rather than release the latest in bleeding edge driver releases from NVIDIA without first testing them thoroughly.
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Although the card is available in a non-Ultra version, Guillemot purposefully made only the Ultra version available in a 32MB flavor. Apparently our first Xentor just happened to be one of the occasional bad cards that inevitably happen with any product. Guillemot’s Voodoo2 and Banshee products did attract some attention last year, as they happened to be priced more attractively than the Diamond and other competing solutions. When 3dfx pulled the plug on companies like Guillemot and Diamond, the only option was to seek out NVIDIA and hope they had something that would sell cards…luckily, they did.
Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Vertical Refresh Rate Hz. By offering a non-Ultra version in a 32MB flavor Guillemot would have lost some sales of the Xentor 32 cards courtesy of the smarter than the average tweakers that would pursue the non-Ultra card and attempt to overclock it.
Love at first sight was the case with AnandTech and Guillemot’s Home Studio Pro 64 professional sound solution, unfortunately since then, Guillemot has had very little of the same caliber to show the market.
If you’re not going to even touch bit color rendering, then the 16MB version is probably just fine for you. They did have a bit of success with a few of their gaming peripherals, such as their Race Leader Force Feedback steering wheel, however from the hard core gamer’s perspective, Guillemot’s Maxi Mqxi line of products never cut it.
As always with overclocking, results will vary from card to card.
Guillemot Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 – Card Specs – NVIDIA TNT2 Roundup (July 99)
In order to keep costs down, Guillemot, like Hercules, opted to remove the digital flat panel output from the board, a wise decision since digital flat panels probably won’t become too mainstream until much later this year. However, the company they so adamantly supported ended up ditching them for exclusive sales by their new partner, STB, so what was Guillemot left with? Not a big complaint, but one worth mentioning nevertheless.
The Riva TNT, although a competitor to the Voodoo2, wasn’t the Voodoo2-killer that everyone was looking for so Guillemot was pretty safe with their faith in 3dfx.
Guillemot Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 TNT2 Ultra
After proceeding to manually install the drivers, a quick reboot of Windows 98 brought AnandTech one step closer to testing the capabilities of the Xentor Fortunately, Guillemot sent us another card that resolved all our problems. After installing the demos and everything else however, the utility didn’t bother to install the Maxi Gamer Xentor 32’s bundled drivers. Thus, it must have been the yield of our particular chip.
Although the performance tests were conducted with the drivers in order to compare the Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 to the competition, the card’s bundled drivers were used as well to make sure no performance anomalies could be attributed to the drivers. Monitor Scan Range kHz. Unfortunately Guillemot won’t allow that, as the 32MB configuration is only available on the Ultra based Xentor Unfortunately, the core was stuck at the default