Today I received my new Xfx Radeon HD 4770 which I ordered from NCIX.com (Canada).
I don't have my PC here right now . My PC is back home.
I want to test this card to make sure it doesn't have any problems before 30 day RMA period. I live in my university's residence, and all of my friends have laptops, no PCs.
There's one not so close friend of mine who has a PC.
I want to test my graphics card in his PC. I don't want to cause much trouble to him by screwing up the drivers in his computer.
If I insert the card, boot up the PC and see that the OS works (without drivers), will it prove that the card is functional?
Or should I also install drivers and try to run a game?
Are there any other things to test?
For quick functionality, simply plug it in, plug a monitor in, and boot. If the POST screen comes up, the card could still have a malfunction, but odds are very slim. But yes, that is the best way to test its functionality.