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The PCI card is not the same as in the manual, the CD had old drivers, and no Windows 10 drivers
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 9, 2022
My goal was to get an inexpensive HDMI out for an old Windows 10 PC to be a media PC and stream to an old large screen television. The Diamond Multimedia AMD Radeon HD 5450 PCI Express card seemed like a reasonable choice based on prior reviews. I wanted to write this review, because my experience was worse, and I wanted to share that for other potential buyers.
The PCI video card you get, is not the same as in the manual. The manual mentions needing a separate power source and shows a card that looks like it has proprietary ports for a power cord - indicating that was not sufficiently powered by the PCI slot. These video card power ports described in the manual were not the same shape as an internal hard drive power cord, and there were not power ports on my actual PCI video card that came from Amazon.
I called Amazon's tech support for the first time, and they said they had no specific solution. I ended up trying it anyway, and it was powered by the PCI slot alone. So I connected the computer, booted to Windows 10, inserted the CD with their drivers -- only to find that their CD has no Windows 10 driver. it did have older Windows drivers. Through a video link on the CD, I found YouTube video instructions referring to other sites to download drivers. I ended up getting it to 3/4 work, and I will probably keep it, but it was painful.
The video resolution is good, but does not seem optimal. I don't feel like uninstalling it and comparing it with my previous on board video, so I am willing to keep it as is.
It continually nags you to install game software, which I have no interest in doing for a media streaming device. Another annoyance is that if the local PC speakers are plugged in using the PC's 3.5mm mini audio cable (male-to-male green audio cable), the card will not transmit audio to the HDMI cable and the TV. This means that one has to plug and unplug the audio cable for local use versus streaming.
It seems like a vendor got a batch of old cards that are still new in the box, and maybe they had wrong instructions and got discounted. For whatever reason, they ended up on Amazon.