XFX GTX 280 Reviewccokeman - June 16, 2008
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Getting that shiny new graphics card to do what you need it to do, is not just an "install and go" affair. You need to have the instruction set - or drivers - to control the video card and tell it when, how, and why, so it does things in the most efficient way possible. In addition, there are utilities that help manage the performance of the video card. If these tools are not used, the money you spent on that performance GPU upgrade, was just wasted.
Start out by inserting the driver disk into the optical drive and let the Autorun feature bring up the installation GUI. From there you have several choices you can make.
At this point, there are three options to choose from. The Drivers tab contains the drivers needed to make the XFX GTX 280 perform at its best. The Registration tab is where you can register the GTX 280 and the bundled software includes a copy of Acrobat Reader.
Go ahead and install the Windows drivers for the appropriate OS and follow that with a reboot. After the restart, you will be ready to play the DX 10 game included with the XFX GTX 280 - Assassin's Creed!
If the default level of performance or visual quality is not what you want, you can use the Nvidia Control Panel to manage performance and visual quality. There are many different tabs where adjustments can be made, but I will show just a few that are important to the gamers among us.
Now that the XFX GTX 280 is installed and it knows what to do, let's see how it performs.