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HD Radeon 7850 Driver Question

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December 17, 2012 9:50:54 PM

Hi I will be receiving all my parts in the next few days including my Sapphire HD Radeon 7850 1g. This will be my first build so I do not know what drivers I need to download for my gpu. I have watched the newegg videos and they said it said I can either go to amd or sapphire for the downloads. I checked both and the amd website is showing only catalyst display drivers while the Sapphire site has more downloads.

AMD Drivers
Sapphire Drivers

If anyone can point out what drivers I need I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

The rest of my build:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $817.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 18:50 EST-0500)

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December 18, 2012 2:29:55 AM

Hi. Both websites provide the same files for download if you look closely. You'll need to download and install the Catalyst Software Suite and the .NET Framework 4 from Microsoft. The latest release candidate of CSS is 12.10 while the 12.11 Beta is there if you really need it for some reason. The next release candidate 12.12 (year.month) should be released soon. I suggest that you choose custom installation to select the features that suit your needs. Since you're running a single graphics card, you won't need the Catalyst Application Profiles. If you use a single monitor, you don't need the HydraVision Package. If I'm not mistaken, the Media Codec Package is included in the Catalyst Software Suite.
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December 18, 2012 2:59:56 AM

Sorry but u will need CAP (catalyst application profile) event u are in single card setup...

CAP now days also include stability fix and performance set for single card..
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December 18, 2012 3:42:36 AM

Install the Catalyst Application Profile if you need the latest fixes and performance improvements. But if you're unwilling or unable to keep up with frequent CAP updates and have no (urgent) need for them, they will be included in the next Catalyst Software Suite release.
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December 18, 2012 6:04:01 AM

rdc85 said:
Sorry but u will need CAP (catalyst application profile) event u are in single card setup...

CAP now days also include stability fix and performance set for single card..


Would I need to install 12.11 in order to run CAP or is 12.10 fine?
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December 18, 2012 6:13:21 AM

johnsonjohnson said:
Hi. Both websites provide the same files for download if you look closely. You'll need to download and install the Catalyst Software Suite and the .NET Framework 4 from Microsoft. The latest release candidate of CSS is 12.10 while the 12.11 Beta is there if you really need it for some reason. The next release candidate 12.12 (year.month) should be released soon. I suggest that you choose custom installation to select the features that suit your needs. Since you're running a single graphics card, you won't need the Catalyst Application Profiles. If you use a single monitor, you don't need the HydraVision Package. If I'm not mistaken, the Media Codec Package is included in the Catalyst Software Suite.


Thank you for your replies. Does it matter which .net framework I download because there are 3 for desktop.
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December 18, 2012 5:00:54 PM

You can install CAP with either release and you'll need .NET Framework 4.
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December 18, 2012 6:57:56 PM

Best answer selected by kuichi.
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