4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Affordable, good performance, but with an odd quirk,
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This review is from: Sapphire 11166-01-20R HD 5450 512MB DDR3 PCIE HDMI Graphics Card (Personal Computers)
I bought this card to replace an nVidia Geforce 8 series one which, despite being less than a year old, had started glitching and overheating (and I bought that one because the previous nVidia Geforce 7 the computer came with broke after just a few years use!). The card was affordable, was easy to install, and produced smooth, glitch-free results.
...But as I said in the title, it does have an odd quirk. Specifically on machines with an inbuilt soundblaster card. Since this is an HD card, it will automatically take control of your sound output, and then cause the soundblaster (which tends to be set to 'auto' priority by default) to vanish from your list of audio choices. To get around this, the usual solution is to reboot your computer, open the BIOS and set your soundblaster card to 'enabled' instead of 'auto'. This should make the onboard sound trump the graphics card and you can enjoy sound and graphics together!
Apart from this minor irritation when setting up, I'm very happy with the card. It's not high-end, but will still perform nicely on games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Halflife 2 and Oblivion on mid-high settings.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2014, 13:49:54 GMT
I found this usful as it the first to mention gaming the type of games used and performance and possible solutions to expected card problems. I'm finding as an occasional pc upgrader that any relevant useful information on cards I can find is hard to find.
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