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Sapphire HD 3870 Review

Makaveli    -   November 14, 2007
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Installation:

To install the Sapphire HD 3870 correctly, you’ll need to first remove all of your current video card display drivers. Once that is done, power off your machine, unplug the power cable from the power supply, remove the side panel of your case, remove your current video card, plug in the Sapphire HD 3870 into your PCI-E x16 expansion slot, and plug in a 6-pin power cable to the video card. Now, plug in your monitor cable to the card, close your computer up and power on your machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert the included installation CD and follow all onscreen instructions.

 

 

Configuration:

Now that the installation has started, let’s continue to see what gets installed. One of the first things the installation process will prompt you with is to install the High Definition audio driver package. By just following the instructions, everything installed fine with those drivers.

 

 

The installation CD then installs Valve’s Steam. The video card comes with the Black Box which is for Steam, so if you want to take advantage of the Black Box it isn’t a bad idea to install Steam now.  Now that everything is installed, you’ll be prompted to restart your computer so that the changes can take effect.

 

After the computer reboots, we’re going to take a closer look at the Catalyst Control Center.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Graphics Board)
  3. Closer Look (Accessories & Software)
  4. Closer Look (ATi RV670 GPU)
  5. Installation & Configuration
  6. Configuration (Catalyst Control Center) & Specifications
  7. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  8. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  9. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  10. Benchmark: Quake 4
  11. Benchmark: Need for Speed Most Wanted
  12. Benchmark: BioShock
  13. Benchmark: 3DMark06
  14. Benchmark: RyderMark
  15. Conclusion
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