Expecting some big X boxes to come in the post we instead got some more regular looking boxes like we saw with the 7950GX2 box from XFX. While the front of the boxes are actually quite plain they overall look very cool with the XFX mascot showing only half his face in quite a dark looking way.
We can see clearly what model the card is across the bottom, the core clock, how much memory along with a couple of nVidia logos. The only differences between the boxes are the model, core speed and amount of memory included. Apart from that they are practically identical.
Turning them over we have a picture of the card which takes up majority of the box, quite a useless graph that doesn't really give you any idea of what performance you're going to get and of course some extended specifications including a little about some of the features that are on offer from the 8800 series.
Moving to inside the package there isn't a whole lot to talk about. There is a lot of papers but it isn't anything we haven't really seen before with an explanation on the cards plugs, quick install guide, tips and techniques, X Gear mini catalogue and a driver CD. Unfortunately not even a copy of a game in included.
The cable side of things paints a similar picture with two DVI to VGA connectors, TV Out Connector and a S-Video connector. What was ultimately the most disappointing part of the overall package was the lack of PCI Express power connectors that we normally see. So if you don't have a PSU with two PCI Express connectors on the card, you're going to go home, pull your brand new graphics card out of the box and once you get into Windows, do a whole lot of nothing with it since that additional power IS required.
Inside contents are the same between both cards and it safe to say that it is a bit lacking. Hopefully XFX choose to revisit their choice not to include power connectors in the box, sooner than later.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Differences]
- Page 3 [XFX Packaging]
- Page 4 [XFX Cards]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Quake 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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