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HIS H545H1GD1 Radeon HD 5450 Silence 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express x1 Low Profile Video Card with Eyefinity
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Pros: Huge improvements in the widows experience index: graphics went from 1.0 to 4.1. Gaming graphics went from 1.0 to 5.8. Watching Hulu is also improved, but it is still a little choppy. For some reason my newer laptop plays Hulu videos better. My screen resolution has not changed nor can it go any higher.
As for games I have freelancer, it moves more smoothly, not much of an improvement.

Cons: Age of empires and Age of Empires II both don't work! That was my favorite game. Not happy at all. Old games but classics.
Installing the Catalyst software was a real pain.
There is an upgrade to the software both were a pain to install. I had to do it a couple of times. It takes about 20 minutes.After the second or third time the catalyst software would not even start. Then I noticed that there was an icon in the system tray. When I click on that it was working.
I put the link above because I was under the impression that I was getting a gpu with a cclock rate of 650 MHz. I discovered that the clock varies and is adjustable. I was also under the impression that the memory clock was supposed to be 1000MHz. Under the specifications it says "Memory

Effective Memory Clock
1000MHz " But when I get into the software the clock can be adjusted to 900MHz.
The first time I made adjustments it crashed my computer, BSOD.
Biggest con is that I hav3e a Dell E310. It came with a 230 Watt power supply. Researching the Internet I found that Dell changes the pinouts on the motherboard connector. I got lucky and found one for Dell computers that fit the 400 Watt requirement for the card, but that is an extra $35.

Other Thoughts: Can't think of any right now. Not sure overall how I feel about this purchase. I am glad I did buy it because the 8 MB Intel video chip was getting to me. I could not play freecell? The desktop also has some improved appearance.


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Display Name: Mark R.

Date Joined: 04/13/08

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  • Last Review: 12/06/13
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