Sapphire HD 5450 512MB Reviewjlqrb - February 3, 2010
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When you first open the Catalyst Control Center, you find yourself in the welcome screen. From here, you will be able to check for updates, Contact customer care, Send AMD your feedback, Visit AMD.com and join ATI's folding@home team. To leave the home screen and access other areas found in the Control Center, use one of two drop down menus at the top of the welcome screen.The first drop down menu is Graphics and the other is Hydravision. Each menu, when selected, gives you a list of options to choose from. In the Graphics drop down menu, the first option to choose from under the Welcome screen is the Information Center. This is where you will find useful information such as installed software versions, as well as the frequencies and specifications of your hardware. The hardware and software are broken up by two tabs at the top of the screen that, when selected, list the requested information in the screen below.
The next option in the Graphics drop down menu is the Desktops & Displays page. This is where you can make basic changes to the settings of the monitor or monitors you have connected. The options here let you detect your displays, manage your monitors, and rotate the image on your monitor.
The next menu is Desktop Properties, which give you a host of options to choose from. Here, you can adjust your display resolution, color quality, refresh rate, and choose the rotation of the image being displayed. There are also options here to adjust the colors of the monitor by either changing the Gamma, Brightness, or Contrast.
The next two options in the menu are Display Options and the 3D menu. The Display Option simply selects how Catalyst Control Center detects your display devices, whether that be manually or done automatically when the Control center is opened. The 3D menu has several tabs at the top that allow change the 3D features such as Anti-Aliasing or Anisotropic Filtering - these options can be set to either Performance, Balanced or Quality depending on your 3D needs and hardware used.
Next up, we have the Avivo Video page. Here you have five tabs to choose from, with all letting you adjust the quality for your video. There is a preview is with an image of a woman next to flowers and fruit, that when changes are made to the video color will be seen by this image changing to reflect the choice you made. If you find that you don't like your choice, there is a handy default tab at the bottom right that will reset all of the setting here back to stock. From here, you can also change the basic quality of your video as well as change the color, contrast, and more to all of the settings.
The latest additional menu is the HydraVision menu. This menu has three options that let you adjust options to your screen and do things such as set a grid to lock applications to a certain part of your desktop or setup multiple desktops. This is quite a cool feature that could come handy if you use multiple applications at once.
Now that the Catalyst Control Center is covered, we can continue to the specifications and then benchmarks!