PowerColor Radeon HD 5970 LCS Reviewccokeman -
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Before you can start fragging, you have to install the drivers so that you don't sit there utterly disappointed by the graphics performance of this shiny new addition to your system. Thankfully, PowerColor has included a disc to get you started, though the manufacturer's website is a great alternative to get the latest driver package. I will browse through the disc to see what is included.
After you insert the disc and allow the autorun to start the process you end up with a web interface to choose your driver package on the desktop. There are two sets of driver options that look a little confusing but may be just the difference between the card series making the difference. Other than that you have the option of installing Bumpttop, a desktop GUI that offers some fun functions as well as a different look, and a link to Superstar Racing, an MMORG racing game.
When you choose to install the drivers from the disc, just move forward through the process and check the options best suited for your needs. You have two options; you can choose either the Express Install that manages the whole process for you or the Custom Install that allows you to choose what software you will install from a list. Agree to the EULA, let the wizard finish, and do the customary reboot to finish the installation.
One of the big knocks on the 5-series cards is the fact that there were really no games available at launch to showcase the DX 11 technology. Fast forward 3+ months and you have a few games to play. Dirt 2 was just released at the beginning of December and Battle Forge has been out and patched for DX 11. Dirt 2 has been a significant part of the bundle in many 5-series cards to get the end user a game that uses the DX 11 features such as tessellation. With Battle Forge you can play online for free or if you like the game you can sign up and buy the game. Unigine's Heaven Benchmark is the first benchmark used to measure DirectX 11 performance.