Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 2GB 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 card. Thankfully, Sapphire has included a disc to get you started although the manufacturer website is a great alternative. 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 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 website to so you can download the latest version of Adobe Reader.
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.
Its been over six months since the HD 5XXX series cards came to market and the availability of DirectX 11 games continues to increase with titles such as Metro 2033, Dirt 2, Battleforge, Aliens Vs Predator, Battlefield Bad Company 2, STALKER Call of Pripyat as well as Unigines Heaven benchmark that has just been updated with an extreme tessellation mode as version 2.0. As time goes by there are more games and game engines coming online as developers make the switch to the DX 11 API.