Asus EAH 4770 Formula Series Reviewccokeman - July 2, 2009
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To install the drivers for the ASUS EAH4770 Formula, pop the driver disc into your drive and the ASUS installation GUI will auto-start. The menu has three options that you can choose from. The first option is to install VGA drivers, the second option is to install the utilities and the contact information for ASUS is the last item in line. The drivers used in this review are the Catalyst 9.6. Having the drivers on the disc comes in handy if you don't have Internet access but many times the drivers have been updated by the manufacturer before the card is purchased so downloading the latest driver is the best bet to get all of the latest bug fixes.
When you choose the Install VGA Driver option, the Catalyst installation starts up and you will move through the installation choosing the options best suited for your system. This process installs all of the necessary drivers needed to make the ASUS EAH4770 Formula work as intended. After finishing the installation, the customary reboot is required.
Once the drivers are installed you can move on to the utilities to install those most appropriate for your usage. Asus Smart Doctor is a tool that can be used as a monitoring tool as well as an overclocking tool. Unfortunately, you are limited to the maximum speeds in the Catalyst Control Panel.The adjustments are made by clicking the Settings tab. This window has four tabs, Settings, Monitor, Fan Control and Hyper Drive.
Gamer OSD is a handy little tool to let you record in game video or screen shots. There are three distinct tabs. The first is capture mode that allows you to capture or record a video in game. The second tab allows the user to setup hot keys for common tasks used with the app.The last tab is used to view the movies and screen shots you have captured.
One other bit of software included with the driver package is Folding@Home. When Stanford first started looking at the GPU to run the Folding@Home client, the ATI GPU was the first graphics processing unit that the application was coded for back when the X1900 series of video cards were at the top of the performance ladder. So just what is this Folding@Home, you ask? Well, when proteins don't fold correctly, the result is some really heinous diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, BSE (Mad Cow), and Cystic Fibrosis. By simulating how chains of amino acids fold or misfold, researchers hope to find cures for these diseases and more. You can find additional information here. If you decide to join the ranks of the people looking for a cure, make sure you select team 12772.