Palit 9800GX2 Reviewccokeman - August 6, 2008
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The proper setup of any new piece of hardware begins with the installation of the drivers. Without the drivers, the full functionality of this high end card is lost. So rather than lose out on the immense capabilities of the 9800GX2, start out by inserting the supplied driver disk into any optical drive on your computer and wait for the auto run process to start. Once started, the Installation GUI gives you several options to choose from.
The first option is to install the drivers. By choosing this option the installation starts with the DirectX installation, then moves to the Nvidia driver installation GUI. After both items install, the program requires a reboot to complete the installation of the drivers.
Three other options are available excluding the exit feature. The browse disk option allows the end user to look through the read me files and allow for a manual installation. The help feature is there if you have installation issues or need help in troubleshooting problems.
Palit has included the Game "Tomb Raider Anniversary" as an added bonus to the package. On the driver disk is a software application called Muveenow 2.1. This application is used to make movies from picture and other media clips. A trial version is included and if this software is for you a full version can be purchased through a link on the GUI.
Once the installation is complete, you can modify the performance or visual quality of the signal sent to the display. Under 3D settings, you can adjust the video quality via a preview that offers three options or you can manually set up a general profile and set up profiles for many of the games on the market today. Setting the Multi GPU mode can be used to turn off multi GPU mode (SLI) so that multiple monitors can be utilized. Each subsection allows for adjusting certain parameters and can be explored and manipulated to give the best viewing experience.
Now lets see what the 9800GX2 from Palit has to offer in terms of performance.