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Just received my MSI 6870 Hawk and installed it. What drivers?

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I'm looking at the driver on MSI's website:

http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R6870-Hawk.html

It says the latest is 8.801 but it says 8.796 in the download link.

Regardless, is this the one I should go for?

Any help is appreciated.
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Latest from the AMD website.

EDIT: Congrats, looks like a great card
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Thanks! Looked hard for the best one for the buck

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloa...n_win7-64.aspx

I'm guessing this is what I should download? the 11.5 Driver.
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post #4 of 10
whatever one is the newest
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by TesnX View Post
Thanks! Looked hard for the best one for the buck

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloa...n_win7-64.aspx

I'm guessing this is what I should download? the 11.5 Driver.
Get the 11.5a hotfix.

For reference, the one listed on the MSI website is a few drivers back. The one I posted is version 8.85.6.
post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the hotfix link, I'll get to installing it now.

Dumb question, but should I uninstall the 11.5 drivers before installing the 11.5a hotfix? I always forget if it's worth doing or not.
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by TesnX View Post
Thanks for the hotfix link, I'll get to installing it now.

Dumb question, but should I uninstall the 11.5 drivers before installing the 11.5a hotfix? I always forget if it's worth doing or not.
Personally, I always uninstall my driver(s) before installing a newer one. I also run Driver Sweeper just in case. Never had a problem doing it that way.

But you should be fine running it on top of the current set.
post #8 of 10
Didn't the MSI install disk have live update on it? Install it and use it. It will update BIOS as needed.
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post #9 of 10
I never uninstall drivers - the installation is automated, it knows there is a driver already on the system and clears it on its own, so no need. I also advise agaisnt regular usage of driver sweeper - it's intended just for troubleshooting, not for maintenance and updating. On some systems causes issues.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by TesnX View Post
I'm looking at the driver on MSI's website:

http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R6870-Hawk.html

It says the latest is 8.801 but it says 8.796 in the download link.

Regardless, is this the one I should go for?

Any help is appreciated.

@ TesnX - I have the same CPU as you do and I`m also looking to get the 6870 HAWK How is your setup treating you? Are there any games that lag on your current setup? Any comments would help as I`m really not sure whether its necessary to upgrade my CPU. Its a very good CPU
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