Sapphire HD 2900 XT Video CardFormer staff writer -
There are no special tools needed to install the Sapphire HD 2900 XT, it installs the same as any other PCI-E video card. Remove the side panel on your case, remove your old video card and make sure that you have the expansion slot underneath open. Then slide the card in the slot, screw it in or snap your tool-less clip and your ready to go. Don’t forget to replace your side panel. If your monitor is DVI capable, you will not need to use the D-Sub dongle.
Well, I did order an eight pin PCIe connector, but unfortunately it did not get to me before I started this review. As I stated earlier, the Sapphire HD 2900 XT does not require the eight pin connector, but it will run with 2 six pin connectors. I tried the six pin connectors in the far left and right and it did not seem to make a difference. The eight pin connector is suggested if you choose to use ATI Overdrive.
Installing the ATI Drivers:
After powering up your computer you’ll need to install the ATI software drivers, I was not expecting what was about to happen. I have used ATI drivers before but WOW!, there were quite a few extras that were included with this video card.
Place the software driver CD into your CD-ROM drive and follow the on-screen instructions,
While installing, you will encounter a screen or two that asks you to install some hot fixes. These are for the HDMI sound that is built into the Sapphire HD 2900 XT. Just allow the program to progress.
One more hot fix and your done, just reboot your computer when prompted.