Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition Reviewccokeman - February 18, 2009
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To install the drivers for the Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition, first pop the driver disk into your drive, and the Sapphire installation GUI will auto-start. The menu has three options that you can choose from - the first option is to install the Catalyst Control Center and drivers by clicking the ATI Easy Install. The drivers used in this review are the Catalyst 9.1. The options available with the installation GUI include a link to the online manual in several different languages as well as a link to download the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader.
When you click the ATI Easy Install option, the Catalyst Control Center installation will begin. This process installs all the necessary drivers needed to make the Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition fully functional. After finishing the installation, the customary reboot is required.
As an added bonus, Sapphire has included several pieces of software from CyberLink. Everyone has heard of PowerDVD, a program to play all the DVD, Blu-ray, and HD content you desire. DVD Suite includes PowerProducer 4, PowerDirector 5, Power2Go 5.5, and Medi@Show 3, as well as trial versions of Power Backup 2.5, PowerDVD Copy, and LabelPrint 2. Since the HD4670 Ultimate Edition is designed for the quiet computing crowd as well as the HTPC crowd, I would use Power DVD to watch a couple movies, as the HD 4670 is capable of scaling to 2560x1600. I took a quick look through both the movie '300' and one of my favorites, 'Beerfest'! If you take a look at the screen shot from 'Beerfest', you can see the CPU loading is in the 1 to 2% mark meaning the HD 4670 is doing all of the decoding work.
Last, but not least, is the Ruby ROM Version 11 disk. This disc contains game demos, wallpapers, screen savers, and several applications for you to use.
Now that the utilities, drivers, and extras are installed, let's see if the HD 4670 Ultimate Edition can live up to its name.