Sapphire HD 2600 XT Video CardMakaveli - July 25, 2007
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Installing the Sapphire HD2600 XT was one of the easiest video cards to install. Before you turn off your system to install the card, make sure you get rid of all of the current display drivers for the video card in your system. Once the drivers are off of your system, power it down and unplug your power supply. Open your case and take out the old video card and pop in the HD2600 XT. Since there is no power port, you won't need to plug anything into the video card except your monitor's cable on the back of the card. Many users will have to use the included DVI to D-Sub converter in order to plug their monitor into the video card. Once everything is connected, close up your case, plug in your power supply and power up your system. Insert the included driver CD into your optical drive and install the drivers for the video card. Once that is done, check the Sapphire website for the most recent drivers so that you can update if necessary.
Follow the on screen instructions to correctly install the ATi Catalyst Control Center (CCC) and the display drivers.
Once the Catalyst Control Center is installed, you'll be given the opportunity to set up your preferences the "Basic" way or the "Advanced" way. Since I'm an enthusiast, I'm going to be thoroughly examining the "Advanced" options.
With the "Displays Manager" options that the Catalyst Control Center gives you, you can change the resolution, color quality, and refresh rates among other things. In "Display Options" you can turn on things such as "3D Refresh Rate Override" and display management.
You can also change your monitor properties, performance versus quality settings, your color settings, and Avivo Color options.
I was impressed to see an overclocking option called "ATI Overdrive". I wasn't disappointed with the current video card settings, so I'll leave these options for now.
Now that we know some of the options of the Catalyst Control Center, let's move on to test this card!