Why is Catalyst Control Center necessary/useful?

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Drivers Graphics Cards Catalyst Tutorial AMD Radeon
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So, I saw in the Tutorial Bounties thread that some people have requested a thread about what Catalyst Control Center can be used for, and I figured I could make a thread about that, as I've used it for a few things.

So, what is Catalyst Control Center, and where can I download it?

Catalyst Control Center is AMD's driver suite for their graphics cards. From what I know, AMD does not offer any drivers other than Catalyst, meaning you cannot get just the straight drivers, you can only get Catalyst. However, I think it's worth it, as much as it might be a bit bigger, for the capabilities it has.

Catalyst can be downloaded from AMD's website at this link:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

You can use the 4 drop down menus there to specify your system type, product family, product model, and OS. Then, you can click "Display Results", and it will take you to a list of drivers/downloads that fit your setup. AMD provides drivers for:

According to AMD's website, Mac drivers are provided with the Mac OS X installation.

For those who don't know, graphics drivers allow you to use multiple monitors, run at higher resolutions, and, basically, get the full potential of your graphics device.

That should cover that.

Now, what can you do with Catalyst Control Center?

Catalyst allows you to do many things. I use it to run multiple screens, which works very well, for one.

Some other things you can use it for include:



So, that should cover the main aspects of Catalyst! Let me know if you need any other help, I can try and help you, and let me know if there's anything you think I should add to this post!