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VisionTek 4850 1GB B2 Review


Closer Look:

The VisionTek B2 video card comes with a driver disk that has ATI Catalyst 9.3 drivers on it. ATI is currently up to 9.7, which I downloaded to use with the card though the 'Check for driver update' button. Using AutoRun also gave the option for installing the drivers and reading documentation. Installation begins with choosing the default language, which starts with English.














Continuing on, users are given a choice of where to install the drivers. The default path is:  “c:\program files\ati technologies”. Users can also choose Express or Custom installation if they do not want to mess around with the installation. Using the Express installation allows the program to automatically configure itself to the defaults.



With the drivers installed, the main page gives general help to users, including driver updates, customer service, feedback, AMD's website, and [email protected] information. Clicking the tab up at the top left allows the other options to be opened.



The first option has controls for the desktop and monitor options, even for separate monitor setups. The resolution, rotation, refresh rate, and color quality can all be controlled.



Next, the color balance can be adjusted for the best possible output. Brightness and contrast can also be adjusted. Screen detection setup allows automatic or manual detection for both monitors and TVs.



3D performance can be changed for either performance, quality, or a mix between both with a slider. The next page can be used to change video output quality.



The last page is ATI Overdrive, ATI's program to overclock the video card. Fan speed cannot be changed, just the GPU core and memory speeds. The program can also Auto-Tune, and test the stability of the overclock.



With the drivers installed the card is ready to test!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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