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. 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 Gamer line of products never cut it. box.gif (26732 bytes)
While companies like Hercules are striving to compete with the best of the best, Guillemot seems to take more of a relaxed approach to competition in the industry, most likely because Guillemot's product base is much more diversified than the Hercules' of the industry.

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. One notable absence from Guillemot's Maxi Gamer product line was the NVIDIA Riva TNT, or any NVIDIA based solution for that matter. 3dfx seemed to own the entire Maxi Gamer line, and truthfully speaking, that wasn't a problem last year. 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. 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? NVIDIA.

3dfx's merger with STB left quite a few manufacturers in the cold, Diamond was an extreme supporter of 3dfx products, and their Monster 3D and Monster 3D-2 solutions were quite popular among the gamers. 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. Armed with the NVIDIA TNT2 processor, in what is known as its "Ultra" version, Guillemot went all out with their latest addition to the Maxi Gamer line of video products, the Guillemot Maxi Gamer Xentor 32.

Card Specifications

  • NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 (Ultra) graphics and multimedia processor clocked at 175MHz
  • AGP 2x
  • 128-bit TwiN Texel Engine, delivering single cycle multi-texturing
  • Up to 32MB of high performance memory clocked at 183MHz
  • 32-bit true color 3D rendering
  • 32-bit Z/Stencil buffer
  • Resolutions up to 1920x1440
  • 300 MHz DAC

DVD-VIDEO ACCELERATION

  • DVD-Video playback optimization with hardware support of video acceleration for Microsoft DirectShow™ (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2) resulting in 30fps full-screen DVD playback.
  • Xing DVD™ Player Included

Software Bundle

The Maxi Gamer Xentor and Maxi Gamer Xentor 32 graphics accelerators will be shipping with the OEM version of Interplay's Kingpin(tm): Life of Crime(tm) - On the Street and Ubi Soft's Speed Busters

2D Display Modes

Resolution

Colors

Vertical Refresh Rate
(Hz)

Monitor Scan Range
(kHz)

1920x1200

16.7M

65,536

256

60

60-75

60-75

90

90-113

90-113

1920x1080

16.7M

65,536

256

60-72

60-85

60-85

84-100

84-118

84-118

1600x1200

16.7M

65,536

256

60-75

60-85

60-85

75-94

75-106

75-106

1280x1024

16.7M

65,536

256

60-100

60-120

60-120

64-109

64-131

64-131

1152x864

16.7M

65,536

256

60-140

60-150

60-150

51-126

54-136

54-136

1024x768

16.7M

65,536

256

60-170

60-170

60-170

48.3-138

48.3-138

48.3-138

800x600

16.7M

65,536

256

60-240

60-240

60-240

37.9-154

37.9-154

37.9-154

640x480

16.7M

65,536

256

60-240

60-240

60-240

31.5-126

31.5-126

31.5-126

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