Friday, June 21, 2013

Setting Up Catalyst Control Center In Windows - Windows Help

Welcome everyone. Anyone who has used ATi/AMD graphics card know about catalyst control center(CCC). ATI Catalyst is a utility software driver package for ATI Radeon products for Microsoft Windows operating systems and Linux. It is available in both 32bit & 64bit version. It's the driver that makes the card running. For more about catalyst you can visit AMD's website.


This is how the interface look in advanced view. You can change view from the Preferences button located on the top right. Information Tab is now opened & you can see the driver version & stuffs.
You can get the information about the card that means the hardware from the hardware tab from the lower left corner. You can also visit AMD's webpage from here.

Now let's talk about other tabs. First Pinned. By default AMD Home will be pinned there but you can pin any option there. Like if you want to pin the Software information just click click on the green pin button on top right. That will pin it. You can unpin it by clicking again.

Next Presets tab. Here What you can do is make settings a preset & If you have multiple presets for multiple works just load it as per your need.

After that Hydra Vision*. Hydra vision is the option that will allow you to use different desktop environment. Like the Ubuntu's workspace.

I have enabled Hydra grid & Multi desktop & using 4 desktops. From the task bar I can switch to any other desktop.It is an awesome option for running many more applications in small monitor. You can switch to any other desktop for different type of applications that you have arranged.

* You have to download & install Hydra vision manually.

Next From the Desktop Management you can create & arrange display, like rotate & other options. You can also view small information about connected display. Like here the one I have connected is an Asus MS 228 running in 60Hz. You can detect display, change color quality,desktop color, resolution, refresh rate from here.

From the Common Display Task you can rotate & detect display. Rotating is really easy. It will graphically show you the directions so you can easily understand.

Next is My Digital Flat Panels. From here you can check the panel properties. Enabling or disabling GPU scaling, color controls etc. It will also provide Under scanning & Over scanning option. Sometimes connecting to a monitor via a HDMI/DVI port results in under scanning by default you just have to get here & push that slider to the right side.

Next thing Video. Here Brightness defines overall intensity, Contrast is the difference between brightest & darkest part of the image, Saturation is the amount of color in the image & Tint defines the Red Green & Blue component of the image. You will find these options in the Basic. In the advanced you will find Color Vibrance which controls the vividness of color, Color Management which controls the saturation, Flesh Tone Correction that removes excess red from flesh tones, Brighter Whites it increases the blue value of video images for brighter shades of white, Dynamic Range will control the range of brightness in any image or video, more wider the range is more details will be provided, Video Gamma controls overall intensity of the colors. So chose wisely. Do some experiments to find out the best settings. You can also try out the video presets.

Next The GAMING! Here you will find only one option that is 3D Application Settings. Here you will find Anti Aliasing Mode - Best way is to set this option to Use application settings. Anti Aliasing sample will be automatically set to Use application settings. Remember AA is a very high end option. Running heavy games with AA on will result in poor frame per second. Though as this option shapes all the pixels properly it makes the game look much better. About AA Filter Edge Detect sharpens the image by the way it looks for edges and not smooth every pixel being used, this is a lot more work for your graphics card. Box is the most common filtering method AMD uses and I believe gives you a smaller hit on frames. Its how they image appears on you pixels and sub pixels on your screen, it can make a jagged image smooth by the way it manipulates sub-pixels. Wide tend and narrow tent give the least favorable effects from what I read, it makes things overly blurry and degrades the image in most cases.Confused? Just leave it on the Box.About the Method If you're playing a bunch of old games), then 4x SSAA will really smooth out those games and make them feel new. if you go to more modern games, MSAA provides excellent balance between quality and performance.
As for the Adaptive MSAA, it is a little more thorough, mainly for transparent objects like chain link fence and the like, but still doesn't touch the quality of SSAA. Is more of a performance hog than MSAA due to the additional sampling.

But yeah, running 4x SSAA is about equivalent to running at 2 times your set resolution. 1920 x 1080 becomes 3840 x 2160.

About Texture: Set Anisotropic to Use application settings. It is also an High end option. You can set filtering quality to high. Frame rate controlling Wait for vertical Refresh is Vsync. It synchronizes  game's/application's frame rate to monitor's Refresh Rate which stops tearing. When I play old games like Call of Duty 4 it crosses the 60fps & starts tearing so I had to turn on this option to avoid this to happen. Turn on OpenGL triple buffering.Tessellation mode use AMD optimized.

Last the AMD OverDrive. This will allow you to Overclock your AMD card but it is not a good thing to overclock though & remember do not overclock if you do not have prior experience. You can also enable manual fan control to set fan speed to your desired value.

That was all. Hope you will be able to set all the stuffs properly! Happy Gaming.

Warning: Overclocking will void your warranty. Don't use any refresh rate higher than your monitor's support.

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