ATI Radeon HD 4350 Unboxing and Installation

So the 6600 GT that came with this computer crapped out.  The person that had given it to me had 3 cats, and their cat hair had clogged the fan causing it to seize.  I don’t know what also caused the magnets to rust on the fan, but that’s another story for another time.  I decided to order the HD 4350 to replace the 6600 GT mainly because the card was only about $40 including shipping, and it performed similarly.  This rig is pretty old, and there is no use dropping a GTX 295 into it.  Also I was limited by the 380 power supply.

I ordered the package from Newegg on Wednesday and it arrived Friday, for free shipping I say not too shabby.

I pulled out my packing list, yup all 1 of my items was in the box.

The graphics card box itself was pretty silly and seemed extremely dated. I mean, I don’t think the graphic on the front of the box was ever really “cool” or “modern” or “cutting edge”, but perhaps that’s not the point.

The first thing I had to do was uninstall the Nvidia drivers from the computer.  I think the last time I had switched graphics card manufacturers on the same computer was when I switched from my Voodoo 3DFX to the GeForce 4 Ti 4200.  Yeah, that was a while ago.  But the Nvidia drivers uninstalled very quickly, and the ATI Catalyst drivers only took a few seconds.

While this was happening, I opened the graphics card box.  Inside was the card itself, a low profile bracket, a users manual and a driver CD.  Pretty typical.

I removed the old graphics card and set it aside.  I pried the fan off the old 6600 GT earlier because it only made an awful sound, so that’s why in the next picture it has no fan.

The new card was low-profile ready, which meant it was super small and super sexy.

Took me about 30 seconds to plop the card in and viola, I had a new setup.  Though in taking this picture I realized that I really need to re-cable everything.  I had been kind of putting off re-cabling because I thought I might have to remove the motherboard if I got a new CPU heatsink, but turns out I might not need that.  More on that later.

Next on my agenda is to drag the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 from my server and plop it into this baby, and maybe replace more fans