Diamond Viper HD3850 Crossfire Reviewccokeman - November 22, 2007
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Installing the Diamond HD3850 video cards in a Crossfire configuration requires the motherboard in your system to have two 16x PCI-E slots available for use, as well as a chipset designed to support ATI's Crossfire technology. If the board you have does not support Crossfire, you can always use the single card mode for your performance needs. The installation of a video card can present a few issues such as the space available in the chassis, the available power from the power supply and last, but not least, the proper connections on the power supply. If all of these needs are met by your hardware then putting the HD 3850 video cards into your system is no harder than installing a single video card. Shut down the system, disconnect the monitor, power supply and any peripherals that are attached to the chassis. Move the chassis over to a clean and clear work bench or table, remove the side panel and remove the old video card. Insert the new Viper HD3850 video cards into the available 16x PCI-E slots, secure to the chassis, attach the Crossfire interconnect cables, and hook up the power connections. After that, all that is left is to close up the chassis and power the system back up and enjoy your new gaming experience.
Configuration of this product includes the driver installation as well as showing the available options that the Catalyst software gives for adjusting the gaming or video experience to your tastes. Let's start off with the installation of the drivers and control panel. Begin with installing the drivers from the disc provided by the manufacturer or from the ATI/AMD website. Start the install and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
The installation package gives two options, Express and Custom. Express uses the default installation locations and package while Custom gives you control over the location of the install as well as what is installed. At the completion of the display driver, the HDMI audio driver begins its installation. Again, just follow the prompts to complete the installation.
Next up is the final part of the installation. Install the Catalyst Control Center to gain the full functionality of the Diamond HD3850 video cards. Allow the CCC to install and reboot the computer to finish the installation of the software for the HD 3850 cards.