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3D Spotlight : Hardware : Guillemot MaxiGamer Xentor 32 review

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Guillemot MaxiGamer Xentor 32 review
Posted by Tom Jensen on August 4, 1999

Guillemot has been around for a while, but they just entered the North American market two years ago with the introduction of gaming peripherals such as video and sound cards. The MaxiGamer 3D, a 3D graphic accelerator based on the industry-standard Voodoo1 chipset came to be their first video card in 1997.

After that they also released 3D cards based on 3dfx’s Banshee and Voodoo2 chips but then with 3dfx acquisition of STB, Guillemot was no longer able to use 3dfx chip on their cards so they switched to NVIDIA’s line of chips. Guillemot also specializes in CD-ROM/DVD, PC & Game Console Accessories like digital control and direct input, PC accessories (joysticks), and Console game accessories such as N64's vibration kit with memory. Seeing Guillemot's background I had high expectations for this card.

The Xentor 32 card looked pretty spiffy when I opened up the Fed-Ex box. It came with its own cooling fan (A definite plus), a TV-Out for DVD playback or games on your television (NTSC and PAL TV output), three CDs (A driver's CD, Kingpin: Life of Crime, Speedbusters, and other demos), one fifty-six page long manual, a thirty dollar rebate card (good until November 30th '99), and an advertisement for High-IQ. The card's RAM is clocked at 5.5 nanoseconds, faster than most NVIDIA cards, being beaten by only a couple cards, one being Creative Labs’ 3d Blaster TNT2 Ultra.

Xentor 32 bundle wasn’t bad I must admit, it came with the full version of UbiSoft’s Speed Busters, an OEM version of Interplay’s Kingpin, XingDVD Player 2.01 for some DVD madness and some other game demos such as Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2, SCARS and Tonic Trouble. As you can notice all these games (with the exception of Kingpin) are from Ubisoft, which is also owned by Guillemot, that’s why.

Installation

The Xentor 32 was easy to install. Just open up your computer, take your old graphics card out of your AGP slot, and put the Xentor in its place and you’re done. I had installed my own fan (Jerry rigged) on my current video card which connected through my CD-ROM, but stupid me forgot to hook that back up to the CD-ROM.

So I opened it all back up again and I found my problem and solved it quickly... Windows98 immediately found the new card and installed default drivers and wanted to restart my system. But I bypassed the restart, started up all the way with only 640 X 480 resolution and 16 colors on the screen, and then I put the Xentor drivers CD in. Easy cheesy, right?

 


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