Install the drivers from ati's website first. If you have trouble (probably you wont) go to saphires website, but i think they might have the same driver version as ati. Yep uninstall the old drivers first before installing the new card. GL.
You can always install and test different drivers and see which one is best or good for you. From my experiance every newer driver that i installed on my previous ati x1900xtx card i got improved results (fps). I see you dont plan to oc so just install any driver and if it works and you dont have problems leave it at that driver.
By the way... I have done testing of Catalyst drivers from 5.8 all the way up to the latest. Guess which works best overall? The newest. And if the drivers are installed correctly and if you have problems, look somewhere else.
In all tests I used the in-game benchmarking, with all settings set to max, except no vertical-synch. Generally at 1280*1024. where I ran multiple tests, I took the highest average. Just thought it would be helpful, and it certainly opened my eyes a little...
In my experience, the Omega drivers have been more stable (sometimes the Catalyst refuses to activate) and unlock additional resolutions. When I format I always start with the Catalyst drivers, but I always find myself going back to Omega drivers after a while.
hi i have the x1950 pro 2 of them in fact..... but i got mine second hand and take my advice... DONT download the latest drivers from sapphiretech.... because thats where the problems start...... i did a clean install of windows vista, and my pc was running fine until i downloaded the updated drivers from sapphiretech's website, its the same thing from amd's site also, once you download and install the drivers, crap happens.... for starters, gpu fans increase speeds, then lock ups which by that time you have to hard restart your pc..... if i know where i can download the original image cd for these cards i will be chuffed to bits becase then i can play all the demanding graphic games that i like playing on my pc