Asus EAH4850 MT Republic of Gamers HD 4850 Reviewajmatson - January 22, 2009
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Part of what makes the ASUS EAH4850 MT different from other HD 4850 cards in its class is the software designed to interact between the card and the user, allowing you to get the most out of your experience. To get started, you need to install the drivers for your card and the utilities that make it do its magic. Pop the drivers CD into your drive and a menu will appear on your screen. This menu has three options for you. First is to install the VGA drivers. This will install the ATI drivers and the Catalyst Control panel for you. The next option installs the utilities that will be used to monitor and overclock the ASUS EAH4850 MT. One thing I really liked about the ASUS installer is that everything was installed seamlessly and at once, without the need for installing each driver or utility separately and wasting time. The last option is the contact info for ASUS, should you need support for your new product.
There are several useful utilities included to help you get the most out of your card. The first one is the Gamer OSD, which will allow you to capture video from your games (something you'd typically need a program like Fraps to do), for replay later or to show off to your friends.
The second utility, which is the most important for the ASUS EAH4850 MT, is iTracker. iTracker allows you to overclock your card easily and also has the ability to set overclocking profiles for quick switching when needed. Once you start iTracker there are four main profiles and one where you can set custom profiles. There is an Optimized profile, a Gamer profile, a Default profile and a Power Saving Profile. The Optimized profile will slightly overclock your card while the Power Saving profile will down-clock it to save on the energy consumed during 2D playback. In addition to profiles, you can monitor your hardware for everything from fan speeds to voltages.
For the overclocking profiles here are GPU-Z screenshots of the Default profile (625MHz on the core and 993MHz on the memory) and Optimized profile (core increased to 660MHz). This is only a mild overclock, however you can be more agressive with the custom profiles to suit your taste.
Now that everything is installed let's take a look at the Catalyst Control Center.