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Pros: -Best value. For 170 I got the best 22" led available. Asus has a reputation for ghosting and Samsung has dead pixels. Overall ViewSonic makes the best LED's in my opinion and this was their newest model
-No DVI for me, it's HDMI and VGA (for old laptops to connect to)
-Power on blue-led can be turned off
Cons: -Takes 10-15seconds to turn on
-Speakers are only 2 watts
-The 24" is even better size but costs 20-50USD more!
-If you want world class picture then spend 700-1000usd on a "professional" series monitor from NEC or ViewSonic. Stop complaining. The expectations of people are ridiculous. Either you get screen for photoshop, or you get a screen for movie watching. You can't have both.
-Very poor stand design. If you use steering wheels or joysticks on your table this will wobble. Not that stand on the table, but the monitor itself, as if hoisted in mid-air. Not in danger or falling or anything but suseptable to small osillations
-To make matters worse, it cannot be mounted
Other Thoughts: The other reviewers on here are being unreasonable. You can compare an LCD to an LED. You're faulting ViewSonic and this model for something that is true on every other LED monitor out there. Underscan is also found on many monitors, particularly tv's that double as pc monitors or monitors that double as tvs. Which this does. If you want to fix underscan go into ATI Catalyst or Nvidia options and select 0% overscan, while the monitor is in 'PC', not 'AV' mode. Or just run it in AV all the time so your ps3 or whatever will have the same perfect 0% under/overscan as your computer. I did this in Linux! It's just as easy as in Windows. Just enabled proprietary drivers.
Once I did this I never had to touch it again. It's only 1920 & 1776 that showed underscan only on HDMI cables because that's the optimal resolution. You can even plug in a different pc and the screen will save the setting, in case you're using Amiga or something really old without overscan toggle bar to configure this.
Pros: I bought the HIS 5450 for my AMD X2 black edition with 4GB ram running Ubuntu (linux). Was very happy with that card as it's one of the few silent (passively cooled) options, and never had something I couldn't do with that card (besides playing Crysis on high).
My friend needed an HDMI out. I told him buying an affordable card wouldn't be too much more expensive then buying a DVI to HDMI cable or converter plugs which are big rip offs. It would also free up some ram. So he got this XFX as it's only one of two 5450 models (the other being made by HIS) to be silent. It's better value than my HIS with 512mb, this is 1gb. The heatsink is on both sides of the card (not just on the top-side), and it's painted beautifully. Buying a card for the paintjob is stupid, but it was a pleasant surprise for such an affortable card to also look this cool.
Doesn't make any noise, doesn't waste a low of power, runs 1080p, and plays games well as long as you don't go above 1024 or 1280 resolution.
Cons: None that I've come across.
Even though the heatsinks are on both sides the card maintains a low-profile. However in a HTPC scenario, you may have to get one where the heatsink is only on top if you can't spare the extra quarter inch (5-10mm)
Other Thoughts: Have no opinion on the XFX utilities/software. As linux uses Ati Catalyst, and we also use the universal ATI stuff (because it's more recent) under Windows. The XFX software might be useful for over-clocking though.. But hardware wise this is better than the HIS model.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -HDMI, DVI & VGA port
-I've connected dual and triple screens
-Currently running a VX2253mh-LED (22" View Sonic) @ 1920x1080.
-Passively cooled (silent). Doesn't get very hot either compared to hard-drives or motherboard
-Proprietary drivers and Ati Catalyst on Ubuntu works great and even fixed the underscan on my new monitor
Cons: -Max 75Hz (refresh rate). This is common.. most people are running 60Hz, but just wanted to put that out there, in case you were expecting 85Hz.
-Heatsink only on top side of the card. The XFX made silent version of the Ati 5450 has it on both sides, and is red while the ports are painted black. A much cooler looking (and probably cooling running) card..
-Slow download on HIS website. Takes about an hour to download the newest 250mb drivers/utilities pack for Windows (drivers on included CD are outdated)
Other Thoughts: Very good value for money at this price. Even if you have money to spend it's hard to find a graphics card that isn't a noisy power-hog. There are few passively cooled, fan-less "silent" options. Nvidia especially loves to sell "gas" guzzling v8's to us. ATI is more like a tuned 4 cylinder, more effecient and not as loud, but it sometimes takes 6 months for adequate drivers to come out. For watching blu-rays or HD on youtube this is all you need.
This card can play even the newest games but only if you're fine with playing at 800x600.. 1280x1024 at most.. like in the pre-HD era. And probably not at highest detail level. I beat Crysis on this card and it was fine. I'm more into Linux games, 90s classics like MotoRacer, and arcade emulation (i.e. Crusin USA or Scud Race) which is more CPU & Ram intensive. If this can play Battle of Britain Storm of War I'll be very happy.
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