What You Get
When I first opened up the box that contained this, I was rather surprised to see how much STUFF there was. Sure we got the normal items that we would expect, but there were a couple of other items that made me take a little extra notice. Lets go through the works...
So far there is nothing unusual here. We get the standard cabling that we would expect from any quality video board. This will include necessary cables for hooking to your favorite output device (such as a television) and also a cable that gives the Radeon series boards added power to handle the hungry RAM modules.
As a note, the instructions ask us to hook the power connector to the hard drive and then hook the actual power Molex to the other port coming from the video board. This will allow you to get power to both the hard drive and the video board without using an extra Molex from the power supply. I prefer to use a lone Molex, though, since I don't want my video card to have any chance in the world of running short on power. And after all, if we're looking at this powerful a video card, odds are good that we have a quality PSU that has ample Molex connectors anyway.
The coupler on the right is something that we normally always see since it is used to convert the S-Video to the RCA-type jack used in most modern television sets on the market. But the one on the left is something that I have only seen offered with Radeon based boards; a DVI-CRT adapter. What this little gem boils down to is that if you want a dual display setup but only have two standard CRT monitors to work with, you're still in luck. It allows that second CRT display to be used through the digital port.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is an addition that deserves much praise since I have seen these converters sold for US$40 by themselves!
When I tear into a new video card's box, I generally expect to see a driver disk, some sort of DVD utility and maybe a shareware version of a game (Serious Sam being one of the most popular). But when I removed the contents of the Sapphire board, I was greeted with two RETAIL VERSIONS of a couple of the hottest games of the recent past. We're talking full, shrink-wrapped versions of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Soldier of Fortune II. And if you took note of the photo with the full contents of this package, you'll also remember seeing the retail manual for RTCW as well. Talk about a surprise!
You will also get the above mentioned driver disk and a DVD utility to make things as they should be. The latter consists of the PowerDVD program which is probably one of the top three DVD playback utilities available. It gives you great playback and also allows for screen captures from movies. All in all a solid utility.
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