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When it comes to all things technical, I look to my husband to figure them out. I do, after all, affectionately call him my tech geek. LOL. Computer repairs, updates, and upgrades are all HIS department. I don’t even try. Two of the computers in our home needed a video card upgrade. One was using an on-board video, and the other was using a 256MB RAM Video card. Both were sufficient, but we wanted something bigger and better. When Staples offered me the opportunity to do a review, Hubs selected the Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB card for the upgrade.
The card came with a brief manual and an installation CD. It’s a good thing Hubs is the one in charge of this stuff, because I wouldn’t have the slightest clue what to do with all that circuitry. It turned out the card would only fit the computer that was using the on-board video, because it was too tall for the other computer. While it is listed as a low profile form factor, it was still too tall for the computer upstairs. No problem. While I had hoped it would be used in the computer upstairs, I did want the video card upgraded in the computer downstairs, as well. So, we still win.
As shown our computer has a PCI Express slot for a video card. Hubs simply turned off the computer and unplugged it. He then opened the case and installed the new Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB card. The card fit perfectly, as expected, in the empty video card slot.
(True story- I had to ask Hubs to point out the difference between the “with” and “without” video card pictures because I am so tech challenged I couldn’t figure out how the two pictures differed!)
Anyway, after he installed the new Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB card. he closed the computer case back up and turned on the computer.
The computer initially started up at a lower resolution, which Hubs said is expected when installing a new video card, until the new video drivers are installed. Hubs inserted the software CD and allowed the installation software to run automatically. The software does allow you to customize your install of the components.
The installation was fairly quick. After the installation and restart, the computer was restarted and it booted back up at its higher resolution and appeared to be working well.
Overall, we were very pleased with the results of the new Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB card after we installed it in the computer.
The Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB card works with the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP media center edition. The software includes driver and utilities. It is a fanless cooling unit. The Video adapter features Powerplay technology, stream technology, avivo HD technology and the card has a limited lifetime warranty.
Staples- That WAS Easy.
Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this Visiontek Radeon Graphics Card. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. To see the full line of computer components visit Staples.com.