Leadtek WinFast PX 8600 GT THD ReviewMussicho - December 9, 2007
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As with any graphics card installation, no special tools are required. Depending on your case, the only tool you may need is a Phillips screw driver. If your case utilizes tool-less technology, then obviously you won't need any tools. Shut down the computer, unplug all the cables and electrical cords, and remove the cover from the computer chassis. Locate the PCI Express expansion slot on your motherboard and remove the old card by loosening the mounting bracket and pulling the card off the slot. Position the new card over the PCI Express slot. Insert the bus connector in the slot and gently press the bus connector down. There is no power connector on this card so do not worry about connecting external power. Fasten the mounting bracket to the chassis and put the cover back on. Plug the cord into the matched connector of the graphics card according to what kind of monitor you have.
So now that the PX8600GT is firmly in place, it's time to install the software.
For the purposes of this review, the quick driver installation method will be employed. Place the CD into the CD tray, close it, and it should run automatically. The screen shot you see below is what pops up.
Select "Drivers." Then simply follow the instructions as they appear on the screen. A dialog box tells you it is ready to install the driver. Click on "Next." Windows is now installing the driver. A dialog box then appears showing the progress of the installation. If a warning message appears advising that the software you are installing has not passed the Windows Logo testing, click "Continue Anyway." When it is finished, a dialog box will ask you if you want to restart your computer. Choose "Yes" and click "Finish." Installing this driver is even simple for a rookie. Of course, for the latest drivers, do not forget to visit Leadtek's website.
Now, after you have installed the driver, there is a utility on that same CD called WinFox. It is a display tool created by Leadtek that gathers information related to your display and provides setting options and a variety of tools with which you will be able to make the best of your display. It also allows you to overclock under Advanced Tools; however, since the video card in this review is a loaner, overclocking will not be done. Here are a few screen shots.