XFX 9800GTX+ Reviewccokeman -
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Once you get the XFX9800GTX+ installed into your computer you can fire it up and do just about anything. In order to get the performance you expect though you need to install the drivers to tell that nice new card how to do things. Of course once the drivers are installed you can configure the image quality in the control panel to heighten your experience.
You can start out one of two ways to install the drivers. For those that want to use the drivers supplied by XFX, you can insert the software disk into the optical drive and let the autorun feature bring up the installation GUI. Once open, there are several options you can choose from. The registration tab takes you to the XFX website so you can register that new toy. The bundled software tab only contains Adobe Acrobat, which you do need to read the manual stored under the driver tab. Press the windows driver tab to begin the installation of the driver specific to your system or download the most current one from the Nvidia website.
Choose Windows drivers and the installation process will begin. Allow the installer to complete and you will be prompted with a message that the computer must be restarted to complete the installation. Do so to finish the installation.
Once the installation has completed, the place to configure the video card software is the Nvidia Control Panel. There are a ton of options, but to start you can use the preview page to give you a top line easy to use interface to adjust your preference between performance and quality. The Manage 3D setting allows you to manipulate the performance of the games you play. By installing the Ntune utility from Nvidia you will get the performance tab that will allow you to overclock your card as well as manage the cooling via the fan speed adjustment. The control panel is pretty comprehensive and allows for a myriad of adjustments to tailor the performance and visual quality to your liking.
With the drivers installed and the settings viewed and adjusted per user preference in the control panel, it's time to move on to testing the XFX 9800GTX+ to see just how much "Plus" there is.