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Sapphire HD 2600Pro AGP Review

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Installing a video card is fairly straight forward. Begin by uninstalling the current video drivers from your operating system. Once that is complete, power down, unplug the power cord, and discharge any static by touching the metal of your case. Open up the case and remove the existing video card from the system. Replace with the HS 2600Pro, and make the additional power connection (if your case uses screws to secure the bracket in place, make sure you do that as well). Close your case back up, plug the power back in, and you are ready to turn on the system.




Once on your desktop, cancel out of the “New Hardware Found” wizard and insert the driver disk into your drive. Follow the driver installation links and choose your operating system.



If you choose “Custom” instead of “Typical”, you can choose which part(s) of the driver software gets installed. Moving further into the process, we find out that the Catalyst 7.8 drivers on the disk are not certified; continue anyway.




After completing the driver install process and restarting, you can dive into the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) and adjust the settings to your likings. You will be asked whether to start in "Basic" or "Advanced" mode. To gain full control of the drivers, we will choose Advanced mode. The CCC pops up to the Welcome screen. The most important info here is the Graphics Adapter; confirm that the adapter displayed matches your card.



Moving deeper into the driver settings, the most used/beneficial settings are the AVIVO tab, where you can adjust display color options, the 3D tab, where you can adjust the visual goodies (Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic filtering, etc.), and the ATI Overdrive tab, where you can adjust the Core and Memory clocks for overclocking, once it's enabled.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmarking: Bioshock
  7. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  8. Benchmark: Quake 4
  9. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  10. Benchmark: 3DMark 06
  11. Conclusion
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