PowerColor HD3450 Reviewajmatson - March 30, 2008
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Now you may have noticed that even though the PowerColor HD3450 held on strong with the gaming benchmarks, this video card is more geared toward multimedia. I wanted to see how clear the video actually would be and how much of the resources the system would use while running a video source. I used two of the latest DVD videos and watched them for 30 minutes each I then placed the same video in the computer without the HD 3450 in just the Integrated ATI 3200 Onboard graphics to see the result. I based my tests on picture quality, performance (if the video lagged or skipped at anytime), and computer resources used.
The first set of pictures I am going to show you will be from the HD3450 Video Card only.
And now for the screenshots using the ATI 3200 Integrated Graphics.
Now I am going to rate the areas I mentioned above. The scores are on a scale of 1 to 100 percent with higher being better. This is going off of what I saw while watching the videos based on first hand experience.
You can notice how much deeper the images are on the PowerColor HD 3450. While watching the videos I did not feel like I had to adjust between the scenes when they go from dark to bright and vice versa. The picture quality was so much more vivid and the pictures do not do it justice. During playback the CPU utilization stayed between four and five percent while with the integrated graphics it stayed between thirteen to twenty percent. That is a big difference for only watching a video.