Palit GTX 260 Sonic Reviewccokeman - February 20, 2009
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Getting that shiny new graphics card to do what you need it to do is not just an "install and go" affair. You need to have the instruction set - drivers - to control the video card and tell it when, how, and why, so it does things in the most efficient way possible. In addition, there are utilities that help manage the performance of the video card. If these tools are not used, the money you spent on that performance GPU upgrade was just wasted.
Start out by inserting the driver disc into the optical drive and let the Autorun feature bring up the installation GUI. Once the GUI is up, you have just a couple of options, Install the Drivers and DirectX 9, Browse the Disc, Look For Help, or exit the GUI.
Choosing the Install Driver box will start the installation of the nVidia drivers for this specific card. Follow through with the installation, choosing the options best suited to your system, and then reboot to finish the installation.
If the default level of performance or visual quality is not what you want, you can use the nVidia Control Panel to manage performance and visual quality. There are many different tabs where adjustments can be made, but I will show just a few that are important to the gamers among us. The Manage 3D Settings tab allows the Global (all situations) settings to be tailored to your liking. Under this tab are the game specific settings as well. There are pre-built profiles that can be adjusted to get all the eye candy to work, or to minimize the settings to get higher frames per second. The choice is yours.