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PowerColor HD4870 PCS+ Review




The first step is getting the PowerColor HD4870 to work properly, and we will need to place the CD in the optical drive and wait for the software to start up so that we will be able to begin installing it. The drivers that came with it are an outdated version of the Catalyst Control Center. So I went online and dowloaded the most recent version, 8.8, which are the drivers that I will be using.  


The first screen that you come to is the Welcome screen, where you are supposed to select which language you wish to install, obviously I will be using English. When you click the next button, you get the option of whether you wish to install the drivers or uninstall them. This screen will make it easier if you need to uninstall an older version, and start over with fresh drivers. The following screen is where you are able to choose if you wish to install the drivers using the Express option or the Custom option. The Express option is the one that will install the most commonly chosen features, while with the Custom option you are able to install only the features you want. I will choose the Custom option to show you what features you can install, which are on the next screen. Check the options you wish to install and click the next button at the bottom.















There is an End User License Agreement that you must accept before you are able to begin the installation. After the installation is complete you will be prompted with the "Finished" screen.  



There also are a few different programs that come bundled with the PowerColor HD4870 installation disk, these include the Cyberlink DVD Suite as well as iClone V2.1 SE.  


The first program that I am going to take a look at is the Cyberlink DVD Suite. This suite includes quite a few useful programs if you are into burning and ripping CDs and DVDs. You are also given a nice little DVD player to watch your DVDs on your computer in HD. When you click the Install Now button, you are going to need to follow the on screen instructions to get the application installed on your computer. The Cyberlink CD Key is located on the actual disc.  




The next screen is where you are going to decide where you want to install the application to on your hard drive. I usually just keep it at the standard program files folder that pops up as default. The next screen is where you are going to decide which applications in the suite you wish to install (by default all are checked). Once you press next, the software is going to begin to install itself. This is where you are going to just sit there and watch the progress bar. Once it is done, you are able to register your new installation.  



The next piece of software to install is iClone V2.1 SE. When you begin, you will need to follow the on screen instructions, which are basically just pressing the next button. The next screen you will come to is where you are going to accept the EULA. When you press next here, the installation is going to begin. The next screen is letting you know that the installation is complete and you are able to launch the application here.  


Now that we have the drivers and the bundled software installed on the computer, it's time to open it up and configure the system to use the HD4870 properly and effectively.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued (The Video Card)
  3. Configuration (Installation)
  4. Configuration (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: Bioshock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World in Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Juarez
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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