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Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT Video Card Review

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Installing a new video card can be challenging to some individuals. For the majority of users it is not normally a traumatic experience. The first step is to remove the drivers for the old video card. The included uninstall program can be used but any number of driver cleaning programs can be used as well. After the removal of the software side of the old card, turn off the computer and remove the old graphics by removing the hold down screw and retention clip (if any). This card does not need an additional power connection to supply any additional current. After the complete removal of the old device, insert the new graphics card into the appropriate PCI-e slot and secure the new card with a screw and close up the case. Make all of the connections that need to be hooked up. Power up the computer and you should get that beautiful post screen.







After the computer is back into Windows, it is time to start the software installation and configuration. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and then configuration of the video card. Start off by inserting the driver disc into an optical drive and the Auto Run process will begin the installation.



After the disc has launched, the installation GUI comes up and allows the selection of the correct software options to choose from. A manual installation can be accomplished after browsing the included software disc.



Once the option has been chosen to do the driver installation, move forward and continue on through it. During the installation a pop up window came up stating that the drivers did not pass Windows logo testing. "Continue Anyway" and complete the install.



Included on the disc is a VGA configuration utility allowing for the set up of the video card settings. These are sometimes the same as the Nvidia utility. It is installed the same way as any other utility installation process.



Now that the card has been shown to you, let's see how well it does in our benchmarking suite.

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