i dont know what catalyst is

December 31, 2011 at 14:20:07
Specs: Windows 7
can somebody tell me what catalyst is? did i spell that right?
where does it come from and what exactly is it?
thank you very much.

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December 31, 2011 at 14:30:58
When applied in relation to computers, Catalyst is a marketing name applied to a ATI graphics software.

ATI are a major supplier of video hardware and Catalyst is the name of the software that is supplied with that hardware.

In short it is the name of the suit of applications that make your video hardware work, that is assuming you have an ATI Graphics card.

When applied literately it has a completely different but related meaning:

catalyst n. 1 substance that does not itself change, but speeds up a chemical reaction. 2 person or thing that precipitates change.


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December 31, 2011 at 14:45:48
To add to what Stuart said, the software is called Catalyst Control Center, or CCC for short. Have a look:


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December 31, 2011 at 14:55:29
Just to avoid any confusion AMD, which are a primary a manufacture of CPUs, are now the same as ATI. The two companies have combined. So you can now get an AMD CPU that has ATI graphic hardware incorporated in to it.


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