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Now Everyone Wants a Dual Monitor Setup!

  • Sep 26, 2010
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Pros: Small form factor, Dual DVI or VGA output; 512MB SDRAM.

Cons: None so far.

The Bottom Line:

In the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 we have picked a sure winner.  Not only is the adapter affordable, but it delivers outstanding performance with plenty of room to grow.



Over the years I have found that one is much more productive with a lot of screen real estate.  The wider the display of course, the more information one can squeeze between the corners.  But, not everyone, including me, can afford a wide screen display, so we fall back on the next best thing, the dual monitor set-up. 

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 made attaching multiple monitors to one computer infinitely easier, and Microsoft Windows 7 only takes this functionality to the next level by automatically detecting each new display, numbering it, and making it read for use.  Of course all of this nifty functionality is depended on the video card/adapter; it has to be able to support two or more monitors.  At work the move is on the place two monitors on everyone desk.  Our display adapter of choice: the PCI-E based VisionTek RADEON HD 4350 DMS59 Video Card with 512MB of DDR2 VRAM onboard.         
 
The Adapter


The short form factor, low profile VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 graphics adapter card uses the ATI Radeon GPU to provide multi-monitor support (up to 2 displays).  Although the card is advertised as a low profile unit, the card is convertible to standard ATX design with (included) tall bracket for standard chassis.    

Combining completely new and efficient ultra-threaded core architecture with ATI's revolutionary Avivo video and display technology, the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 DMS59 offers full support for Microsoft DX10.1 and DX9. The VisionTek Radeon HD4350 DMS59 is ideal for office productivity, modest gaming, multimedia, and other workstation applications.

Features include:

·         Dual DVI or Dual VGA, Single DVI or VGA display support
·         DMS59 connector, TV-Out
·         Full DX10.1 AND DX9 capability
·         Short bracket (SFF) and Tall bracket (ATX) capable
·         TV-Out port supports S-Video, composite video, or component HDTV
·         ATI Avivo technology connects to HD displays
·         512MB DDR2 SDRAM
·         PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot support
·         600MHz processor speed
 
Installation (Hardware/Software):

Installation of the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 DMS59 is a pretty straight forward affair; the card sits comfortably in any available PCI-e slot.  Most of our installations are in Dell GX 500 series desktop computers wherein there is little room to spare, so the small form factor design of the card is most welcome.  Once locked into place the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 DMS59 was ready to use with Windows XP SP2/3, or in a small number of cases, Windows 7 Enterprise.

The box includes cables to connect dual monitors via DVI or VGA; I chose DVI hooking the cables to Dell 190P series displays.  It's worth noting that even though the card is installed and providing output for dual monitors, the integrated display adapter will still work (depending on BIOS settings).  On my computer, a Dell 9000 series workstation I utilize both the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 adapter and the integrated video adapter with Windows 7 Enterprise installed.   

Once in place I powered on the PC.  I skipped the software installation, but installed the driver stack for a 64-bit OS.  Once that chore was complete I used Windows 7 display properties to configure the various cards and assign the appropriate numbers to my (3) monitors.  That's it, the whole install process took less than 10 minutes to accomplish including the BIOS configuration.    
  
First Impressions:

I like this card, a lot!  Even without the installation of the VisionTek (ATI) specific software, the adapter's performance is exceptional, however the included software does deliver an imposing set of tools that give one unmatched control over the graphics environment, but what I use my business computer for the overhead would not be worth the effort.

The VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 is a decent dual-port video graphics card.  The picture is clear, crisp, bright, and well defined; the colors are vibrant and true to life; the text is sharp and remarkably in-focus and crisp; and the monitor flickers not a bit even at refresh rate of 60Hz.  I am seeing images in a whole new light with the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350; the colors no longer blend together in a confusing mix of off-hued pixels; indeed colors are realistic down to the minutest of details.    

I am not a gamer, nor a graphics designer, so I will come nowhere close to putting this card through its true paces, or realizing the full potential of the PCI-e,  on-board processor, SDRAM technology.  Nonetheless I like the feeling of knowing that I have barley touched the potential of the card, that as I place new demands on it, it will deliver without hesitation. 

Video, VCD and DVD playback are the most impressive improvement over the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350.  Video playback through the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 is outstanding at the standard size, and I am happy to report that image quality suffers only minutely at full screen with DVD, VCD, .ASF, .MOV, or Mpeg formats.  And of course GoTo Meeting, WebEx, and other video conferencing/ sharing technologies present no issue for the adapter.

Conclusions:
 
In the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 we have picked a sure winner.  Not only is the adapter affordable, but it delivers outstanding performance with plenty of room to grow.  ATI is one of the oldest and most trusted names in computer graphics, and the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350 continues their tradition of offering superior products at a reasonable price.  If you are looking for the perfect mate for Windows 9.xx / 2000 /XP, or Windows 7 at or slightly above the $100.00 price-point, look no further than the VisionTek Radeon HD 4350.  

Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 105.00

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Save time and energy with the ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 graphics cards from VisionTek which provide optimal performance, break-through efficiency and stability. It incorporates Avivo™ Video and Display technology that connects to high-resolution displays and home entertainment devices and produces vibrant colors, ultra sharp images. With platform-independent and intelligent power management feature, this graphics card delivers the power needed to blaze through intense applications while intuitively conserving energy at idle or when demand is low. Moreover, its short form factor design fits in Profile desktops and workstations with the help of short bracket mounted on card). Additionally, it provides full support for Microsoft® DX10.1 and DX9. With these and more impressive features, this graphics card is ideal for moderate gaming, multimedia, office productivity, and workstation applications.
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