.. but nothing too fancy. I have better uses for cash that would otherwise have gotten me features which I will NEVER use.
It is an MSI Radeon HD 6450 Video Card - 2GB GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x D-Sub (VGA), 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, Low Profile, Heatsink, (R6450-2GD3H/LP) to give it its full title.
I didn’t want a gaming card because I don’t game and I don’t stream videos to a large HDTV. I also didn’t want anything noisy because my case fan set up is very good and very quiet. Also, replacing defective fans on video cards is no fun at all.
So, this card fits the bill nicely, thanks and it didn’t break the bank either.
The best part is that my computer is properly Windows 8 compatible now, no legacy drivers running anywhere. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be running on full manufacturer drivers. Best performance is not possible without them, and is probably why Microsoft does NOT recommend upgrading from XP to 8.1. The older machines simply don’t have the support or the power to carry the operating system.
The difference between a good XP and Vista machine was quite marked, and while XP would trundle along quite nicely in 512mb, for Vista it was like a tractor pulling event. Microsoft went to great lengths to ensure that the difference between Vista and Windows 7 was way less, but the driver issues still persist.
Now you know why I finally gave in to getting a new video card, and why I picked the HD6450. Computer performance is as much about compatibility as it is about raw power.
Thu, Oct 10 2013 0:23