ASUS EAH5750 Formula Reviewgotdamojo06 -
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When you pop in the installation CD supplied with the EAH5750, you will get a prompt that gives you three main buttons; VGA Drivers, Utilities, and ASUS Contact Info. The first button that we are going to press is the VGA Drivers to get the Catalyst Control Center and the necessary drivers installed, so we can get the most out of the EAH5750. Once you push it you will get a prompt letting you know that you are about to insall the drivers - you need to press the next button. Then you get another screen letting you know that you are about to begin the installation - you need to press the Install button to continue. Once you do, you get the normal ATI Catalyst Install Manager screen to install the drivers.
Once the installation is complete, you get the screen letting you know, if you wish to view the installation log you may, or you can just press the Finish button. Once you click the finish button, you will get the prompt that lets you know that you need to restart your computer for the changes to take place. You have two radio buttons, one to restart now and the other to restart later, I will choose later so that I can get the rest of the software installed. When you click the Utilities button, you get the same prompts as before, letting you know that you are going to install the Utilities - click the next button to continue. Then you have the choice to perform the complete installation or a custom installation. I was curious exactly what software was going to be installed, so I clicked the custom install.
When you click the next button, you are going to see that the install manager wants to install ASUS GamerOSD, ASUS SmartDoctor, and ASUS VideoSecurity. Once you click the next button, the installation proces will begin and the next prompt that you will get is the one letting you know that you need to restart your computer with the same two radio buttons as before. Since all the software has been installed, I will go ahead and restart now.
The ASUS SmartDoctor screen is going to give you a low down on your graphics card and give you some simple and important information about its current activities, You are going to be able to see the current temperature of your GPU in both °C and °F, you are also going to be able to see the current clocks in the upper right hand corner of the screen. At the bottom of the screen you are given two slider bars that will allow you to overclock the Engine or GPU clock and the other one for your Memory clocks.
Clicking the settings button, you are going to get a screen that pops up for the main settings. Under the main settings screen, you are able to change the poling timer interval, enable the overheat protection, disable the warning when 3D games are running, minimize SmartDoctor after running 3D games, and minimize it at next reboot. The Monitor tab is where you are going to set the Temperature Alarm Settings. The default is 100°C, which seems a little high, but fairly reasonable. The Fan Control tab is where you can change the speed of the fan. You can leave it on Auto Fan Control, enable Manual Mode, or enable SmartCooling, which changes the fan speed based on the GPU's temperature. The final tab is for HyperDrive. This is where you are able to allow the software to overclock your card based on the 3D game mode, the CPU usage mode, or the Temperature mode.
ASUS GamerOSD is a piece of software that is going to allow you to capture a movie or a screen shot while you are playing a game. You can even broadcast the video that you are currently capturing to allow others to watch you kick some butt in your favorite game. You can change the HotKeys that allow you to either view the GamerOSD while in the game, Record Movie, or capture a Screen Shot. Under the Advanced Settings menu, you are able to change the Video Capture Size, the Video Capture Frame Rate, the Sound Capture Device, the Broadcast Port, and the Movie Format.
Now that we have all the software installed, it's time to take a look at what software we just got done installing and configure it all.