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Installing the XFX 8600 GTS XXX is not unlike installing a PCI card. Since the card is PCI-E you will need a motherboard that supports it. After shutting down your computer, unpluging your PSU, and opening your case, find the slot that holds your current video card you are replacing and remove it. Insert the 8600 GTS XXX into the slot and plug one of your PCI-E power connectors from your PSU into the rear of the card. Unlike the 8800 GT/GTS, you will not need two expansion slots available, as the heat sink does not need to pull outside air. Close your case, plug your PSU back in, and boot up your computer. You will then need to use the supplied CD to install the software drivers for the card. Depending on the age of the card, there is a possibility that there are updated drivers available direct from nVidia, so it is suggested that you check the nVidia site.
Configuring the 8600 GTS XXX is no different than configuring other recent XFX video cards, so I will use the same screens as I did with the last reviews. Included with the video card is a driver disk, which contains not only the nVidia drivers for the video card, but other interesting software as well. After it is placed in your CD-ROM drive, the XFX driver disk will auto run and once accessed, you will find all the available options.
The first option on the disk is registration; by registering the video card, you will be able to take advantage of XFX’s “Double Lifetime Warranty”, covering not only you for the lifetime of the video card, but also if you happen to sell it at any point, the person who buys it from you will also be covered (Details).
The next step is to install the video drivers. The drivers included are Windows Drivers, Directx 9c and TV Capture.
Once the video drivers are installed, you will have the option to install the included Bundled Software, Trial Games and Personal Cinema. If you are thinking about overclocking your XFX 8800 GTS video card, an overclocking tool is included in the bundled software.
There are three Trial Games that are offered to try.
The Personal Cinema drivers allow you to turn your PC into a media center.