MSI DKA790GX Platinum Reviewajmatson - October 26, 2008
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To install the drivers and software all you need to do is pop the CD into the drive and the program will auto start. You are presented with a menu system from MSI. There are several options for you to choose to install the programs and drivers. The first tab is the Driver tab which is where you can install the chipset drivers, the audio drivers and the drivers for the network connection. The second tab is the Utility tab which has the installations for the Live Update 3 utility and the Dual Core Center for overclocking. Third is the Website tab which gives you links to MSI's and other useful websites to get you up and running without any problems. Lastly is the Manual tab. This tab is where you can browse the CD and contact MSI for support should you need to.
Installation of the drivers is a snap because it uses the same Catalyst Control Center install as do ATI video cards. Just follow the prompts, choose where and what you want to install and let the Control Center do its magic. After a few minutes you will be prompted to restart the system. I reccommend this so that everything runs properly and you get no errors.
There are two utilities that are available for you to install. They are the MSI Live Update 3 and MSI Dual Core Center. The Live Update 3 utility will allow you to search and install the latest BIOS and drivers for your hardware. It will launch a web based program and search their database. Once the latest version is found it will prompt you showing what you have installed and what the latest version is. If you need to update it just click the Live Update 3 button and it will handle the rest. The Dual Core Center Utility allows you to control your computers clocks and voltages to overclock your system easily. You can also create profiles based on your overclocking needs for quick switching.
Now that we have the software installed let's get on to the testing.