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VisionTek Black Box HD3850 Review

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With all ATI based video cards, including the VisionTek HD3850 512MB video card, you can install Catalyst Control Center. This is not a necessity for operation of your video card, however it is a nice way of tweaking the video card settings and overclocking the video card. 

When you start it up for the first time, you will be prompted with a screen asking you if you want to go into Basic or Advanced mode. Of course you want to go into the Advanced mode, as that's where all the goodies are located. There is also a check box at the bottom of this screen that you can check so this screen does not come back again. When you click next with the Advanced Mode selected, you will receive a notification letting you know that it needs to close to be able to open up the Advanced Mode and that you are able to switch back to Basic mode at a later time if you wish. Click yes to continue.





Once you are in, you are able to go to the different areas of the Advanced options and tweak the settings for your needs. The first page that comes up is your welcome screen; very basic and not much there. The next screen we are taking a look at is the Information Center; this is where you can view all the different features of the currently installed and selected video card.




The Displays Manager screen is where you are able to set all the options, such as refresh rates, resolution, color quality, and rotation of the monitors connected to the card. The Digital Panel is where you are able to tweak all the color properties and what the colors look like when they are displayed. Under the 3D menu there is a page called Standard Settings, which is where you can choose if you want better quality picture displayed in 3D mode or if you would prefer performance; there is a slider bar that allows you to choose which you like best.




The last screen in the Catalyst Control Center that we are going to look at here is the ATI Overdrive screen. On this screen you are able to adjust the frequency at which the GPU, as well as the memory, operate at, thus overclocking the video card. There are two different ways to do this; you can have the software detect which are the most stable by going through and bumping up the frequencies by 10MHz at a time, or you can manually change it and then test the settings. Not only are you able to overclock the video card from this screen, but you are also able to view the temperature of the GPU and a percentage of the GPU activity.



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