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To get the most out of any card, actually, to get your moneys worth from a graphics card, you need to install updated drivers. The primary feature of the driver package is the Catalyst Control Center. The CCC allows you to tweak all of the options available on your card, from simple display settings to ATI’s Avivo Video settings, and ATI’s Overdrive overclocking controls. It’s all here. ATI has a lot of features included such as the much acclaimed Eyefinity technology, ATI PowerPlay, DirectX 11, Hydra Vision, Desktop Management, and the standard Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering.
Like all the other application discs out there now, all you have to do is pop the disk in your rig and let the autorun take over and install the program. If Windows asks you what to do, just click run application. The install wizard then takes over and guides you through the process. The Express setting automatically detects any installed software and only installs/updates the old, out-of-date versions. Once you accept the EULA, you’re good to go!
One of the big knocks on the 5-series cards is the fact that there were really no games available at launch to showcase the DX 11 technology. Fast forward 6 months and you have more than a few new games to play. Dirt 2 was just released at the beginning of December and Battle Forge has been out and patched for DX 11. Dirt 2 has been a significant part of the bundle in many 5-series cards to get the end user a game that uses the DX 11 features such as tessellation. With Battle Forge you can play online for free or if you like the game you can sign up and buy the game. Unigine's Heaven Benchmark is the first benchmark used to measure DirectX 11 performance. Included with the 5830 is your own copy of Aliens vs. Predator. Other DX 11 titles include the just released Metro 2033, BattleForge and STALKER Call of Pripyat.