XFX 8800 GTS 640MB Extreme Edition Reviewajmatson - December 18, 2007
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To install the XFX 8800 GTS you need to ensure that the computer is powered down and the power cord is removed from the power supply. Open the side panel of your case and carefully remove the old graphics card. Slide the 8800 GTS into the PCI-e expansion slot making sure everything is lined up correctly. Remember, you need a free expansion slot below to install the 8800 GTS because of the exhaust fan. Connect a 6-pin PCI-e power cable into the connector on the 8800 GTS (Remember that XFX advises you to use a minimum 600 watt power supply with a 6-pin cable and not a 4-pin to 6-pin adapter cable). Next replace the side panel on your case, plug in the power cable to the power supply and turn the computer back on. Once everything is on, you can move on to installing the software.
To configure the XFX 8800 GTS to work in your system, you need to first pop the CD into your drive. Autostart will bring up the XFX installation program so that you can install the software. Click on the logo and it will bring you to the main setup screen. The first option you are presented with is the registration. Clicking on the registration button will give you the option to register online or via fax/mail.
The next option is the video drivers installation button. Clicking brings you to another menu for drivers installation. The options you have are: install the drivers for Windows, install DirectX 9.0, install TV Capture drivers if card is equipped, and a button to bring up an electronic version of the manual.
After the drivers, there is a section for bundled software. This lets you install Adobe Acrobat Reader to let you view the manual and an overclock utility to get maximum performance out of the XFX 8800 GTS.
Moving on in the menu is the option to install a few trial games. These games include: Armored Fist 3, F-16 Multi Role Fighter, and Delta Force Land Warrior.
Last but not least, there is the option to install the Personal Cinema software. This allows you to install the drivers for the Personal Cinema hardware if your card supports it.