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Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition

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Before you install the Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition, you'll need to remove all of your current video card's display drivers. Once that is taken care of, power down your computer, unplug your power supply, and open up your case. You'll need to insert this card into a PCI Express x16 slot and make sure that it is securely inplace. Most people will have to use the DVI to D-Sub converter so that they can plug their monitor into the card. Now that the card is in place and ready to go, close up your case, plug in the power supply, and turn on your machine.



When your operating system is fully loaded, pop in the included driver CD and follow the on-screen instructions to install the display drivers and the Catalyst Control Center (CCC).




Now that the Catalyst Control Center and display drivers are correctly installed, you'll be asked if you want to view the Catalyst Control Center in the "Basic" or "Advanced" format. We'll be examining the "Advanced" format. The first thing you should do is make sure that the correct video card is detected. This Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition didn't say "Ultimate" or anything to separate it from the bland HD 2600  XT.



"Displays Manager" is the place you go to if you want to change the color quality, resolution, and refresh rates as well as other things. If you navigate to "Display Options" you can activate things such as "3D Refresh Rate Override" and display management.



Your monitor properties are easy to change and you'll be able to also configure the performance versus quality settings, AVIVO color options, and your color settings.



"ATI Overdrive" is the place to go if you want to overclock your video card. I'm not going to be overclocking the card just yet, but it's nice to have the option to do so.

You now have a pretty good idea of what's in the Catalyst Control Center, so let's move on and test this card!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  9. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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