Intel Core i5 661 Reviewccokeman - January 3, 2010
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To go along with the new CPU/GPU, Intel has an updated graphics control panel that offers a new look and is easier to use. The first section is labeled Display and options for setting the Resolution, Color Depth, Refresh Rate, setting up Multiple Displays, adjusting the color settings, setting up and using Custom Resolutions and configuring the position of the image on the screen.
The 3D tab allows you to globally set the visual quality setting from Performance to Quality, much like you would find in the basic control panels from ATI and Nvidia. Additionally, you can forego the global setting and use four sliders to adjust the Texture Quality, Anisotropic Filtering, Vertex Processing and Vertical Sync settings. The Media section offers Color Enhancement, Image Enhancement and Image Scaling tabs.
The Power tab section will prove beneficial for Notebook users in setting up a power plan to achieve either performance or battery life savings. The Options and Support tab has three sub-folders that let you setup Hot Keys for specific actions such as opening the control panel and rotating the display. The Information Center gives information about the processor, GPU, operating system and memory usage by the graphics chip. Help and Support is a series of links to information that may prove helpful in diagnosing problems.
Although this graphics control panel is not as expansive as you find with a discrete video cards, you have enough flexibility to make the changes you need.