Category: Monitor and Video Cards
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 4.2 MB
Operating System: Windows 2003, 98, 95, NT, XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 3dbb9xup.exe / 29 Apr 2003
The 3D Blaster Banshee (PCIAGP) is a video adapter with a 3D engine and uses a Voodoo chipset. The advantage of this gadget is its support for Direct 3D, Open GL, as well as Glide based games. This in essence means that is capable of running almost any game that exists in the market. Since it is sold in form of AGP mode and PCI format, many older PC's are able to support it. The Banshee is therefore has a wide market base due to its versatility. The entire range of 3D Blaster Banshee cards is equipped with 250 MHz RAMDAC and in cases when the resolution of the monitor is raised to 1280 x 1024 the images become strikingly sharp reaching refresh rates of 75 to 85 Hz. For those who are keen on detail it the software that accompanies this product has a feature that can calibrates the image display according to ones monitor type as well as the printer type.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The controls of the Creative 3D Blaster Banshee (PCIAGP) are well incorporated with display properties, which greatly help casual gamers. It is embedded with a slider that controls the speed of the chipset between 100 and 125 MHz It is however not a good idea to excessively overclock on this board because it is likely to over heat. The use of a fan and a quality heat sink can enable stable overclocking. The 3D quality of the Banshee is similar to what is found on Voodoo 2 with an incorporated pixel unit as well as chrome key and transparency with a dedicated color mask. Other 3D features include Alpha blending, dithering, anti ‚Äìaliasing and others. A setback to this device is that it sometimes needs patches or fixes in order for games to run and without them games are likely to hang. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 3D Blaster Banshee (PCIAGP) errors before installing any driver updates.