Sapphire HD 5870 and HD 5750 Vapor-X Reviewccokeman - November 3, 2009
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When you first get a new video card, the first thing you want to do is get it installed. But firstly, you have to install the drivers so that you don't sit there utterly disappointed by the graphics performance of the shiny new card. Thankfully, Sapphire has included a disk to get you started, although the manufacturer website is a great alternative so you can get the latest drivers that include game and bug fixes. 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.
With the drivers now installed, it's time for some gaming to see just how high the additional clock speeds on this pair of cards will drive the performance.