MaxiGamer Xentor 32 review
Jensen on August 4, 1999 - Page 3/6
and First Impressions
with the installation of the drivers… my CD-ROM was
spinning up and down, which took about five minutes to
install. I restarted my computer and did everything I was
supposed to, but for some reason the drivers that came with
the Xentor didn't work too great with my system. Such as
whenever I restarted my computer I would get an error saying
my video adapter is incorrect, and whenever I would try to
set the colors and the resolution, I would have to restart
my computer, meaning I would get the same error as before.
Because of this I went to Guillemot's website and downloaded
the latest drivers for the card. The downloaded file came in
.zip format and inside was an .exe which was all automated,
you just had to wait to be prompted to restart your computer
and you were good to go. I had the card working great in
about five minutes after downloading these drivers. The
games looked good and ran oh so very fast... I didn't even
get to overclock it yet.
had an utility for overclocking TNT/2 cards called TNTClk
which had worked great other times, so I opened up that
first, curious as to what it said. I noticed that the
defaults were set to 170 Core and 183 Memory.
I noticed on Guillemot’s website that the Xentor
had its own Overclocking utility called Power Sprinter.
Without overclocking the card I quickly downloaded the
program and tried my success with Power Sprinter.
When I set
the Core and Memory to the defaults with this program they
were 150mhz for the core and 183mhz for the memory… don’t
you think that’s strange? I thought so. Maybe it was that
Guillemot had to get their clock settings back to ULTRA
TNT2s default as some other manufacturers have done due to
NVIDIA’s request, not sure of that though, website specs
that could be updated still say, "175 MHz core chip
around with the clock settings for about thirty minutes I
left the core at 175 MHz and I got the memory up to 200 MHz.
tried different settings for overclocking the Xentor 32, I
could push it up to 175/210mhz but a lot of artifacts
started showing in Quake2 so after tweaking it a bit I found
175/200mhz was the best stable overclock I could get.
Artifacts with the card
overclocked @ 175/210mhz
I started up a game of Quake3 Arena V1.07 and did some
"testing" for a couple of hours.
It was a sure thing.
175/200 was quite stable with the Xentor32.