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When you get the card installed in your system, you are going to need to pop in the VGA Drivers Installation CD. Once you do, Autorun should kick off, and then the first thing you'll want to do is select the VGA Drivers button, which will open up the InstallShield application to install the Display Drivers. From here, you are going to need to follow the on-screen instructions to get the drivers installed on your computer. Once it has completed, you will get the InstallShield Wizard Complete screen letting you know that your drivers have been installed. It does not prompt you to restart your computer, but I always do just to be safe.
Now that you have the drivers installed on your computer, it's time to install the utilities from the option on the home screen of the CD. When you press the button, a new InstallShield Wizard will open up and you will need to go though the steps to get all the applications installed. I clicked the Custom Install option so that I could show you what applications are going to be installed - ASUS GamerOSD, ASUS SmartDoctor, and ASUS VideoSecurity. Once you have everything installed, you will need to restart your computer again to make sure that everything has installed properly.
NVIDIA Control Panel:
The NVIDIA Control Panel allows you to change a whole array of settings for your card. The Image Settings section comes with a rotating image that is going to give you a preview of what images will look like with the settings you are about to select, using a slider bar with one end being Performance and the other being Quality. The next screen is where you can change your 3D Settings, which include Ambient Occlusion, Anisotropic filtering, Antialiasing, etc. You can either have every application/game run off these settings, or you can go in and change the setting to be application-controlled. Another helpful screen in the Control Panel is the Change Resolution screen where you are able to change your resolutions, refresh rates, and color depth for every monitor that you have connected to the card.
The ASUS SmartDoctor application allows you to change a majority of the settings on your video card, such as your GPU, Shaders, and Memory clock speeds via the slider bars at the bottom of the screen. You can also view your GPU temperature in both °C and °F on the home screen. When you flip over to the Fan tab, you can view how fast your fan is spinning, not in RPM, but rather in a percentage from 0% to 100%. In the settings menu, you can change how quickly you want the information to refresh - five seconds is the default. The most interesting feature that SmartDoctor comes with, in my opinion, is the HyperDrive. In the HyperDrive tab, you can select the card to overclock itself up to 100MHz when the card is getting worked hard in either games or other applications. This feature is somewhat like the Intel SpeedStep technology that will give you a "boost" when it's needed.
Now that the software is installed and configured, it's time to take a look at the specifications of the card and then it will be time to get into the testing.