I have an AMD Radeon HD 6670, and I am upgrading to a R9 380 Compact and was wondering if I can just pop it in and run the software to check and upgrade the drivers?
Is there really a need to uninstall the old one first?
I would recommend you uninstall the old drivers first.
Oh okay thanks, so all the drivers are with the Catalyst Control Center?
All I have to do is uninstall that, restart with the new card in and redownload it with my drivers?
Thanks, I have never really upgraded my card before, just installed driver updates.
I'd actually download and save the drivers BEFORE I uninstalled the existing ones.
Okay, so I download the new catalyst, then uninstall the old one, shutdown, install the new card, and run the new setup file and restart a last time after drivers are installed?
Paranoid I have read a lot online where people just throw in a new card and then update the drivers, or just uninstall and then their displays don't show in order to install the new drivers.
Thanks for all the help so far
If your HD6670 had the latest drivers which were also compatible with the new R9 380 (the latest 15.7.1 and 15.11 beta are 100% compatible with both gpu cards under the same OS), then you would likely have been fine just installing the new card. It mainly depends on how "clean" your windows are kept so far.
Despite making the previous comment, i have to strongly agree with ray_m 's approach on how to properly install drivers for a new gpu adapter. The windows registry is less prone to be corrupted this way, allowing for a clean environment to install drivers and correctly detect your hardware.
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Also, this guide from kingfish is for advanced clean installing, and may help bypassing installation or corruption issues:
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