Sapphire HD 5850 Reviewccokeman - October 15, 2009
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You know you just can't wait to get the Sapphire HD 5850 installed in your rig to enjoy some righteous gaming. But firstly, you have to install the drivers so that you don't sit there utterly disappointed by the graphics performance of this shiny new card. Thankfully Sapphire has included a disk to get you started, although the manufacturer website is a great alternative. I will browse through the disk to see what is included.
After you insert the disk and allow the autorun to start the process you end up with the Sapphire GUI on the desktop. There are three options to choose from, ATI Easy Install, Online Manual and Adobe Reader. Of course the ATI Easy Install is for installing the drivers and proprietary software to gain the most functionality from your new purchase. You have a choice of operating systems to choose from so just choose the appropriate OS and you get to start the ATI driver install wizard. The Online Manual is a link to download the manual while Adobe Reader links to Adobe's web site to so you can download the latest version of Adobe Reader.
When you choose to install the drivers from the disk just move forward through the process, checking the options best suited for your needs. You have two options to choose from, either the Express Install that manages the whole process for you or the Custom Install that allows you to choose which software you will install from a list. To finish the installation, agree to the EULA and let the wizard finish and do the customary reboot.
Now it's almost fraggin' time!