This is the second product from HIS that we have seen use the new black box, which in our opinion looks fantastic. When you see a lot of graphics cards from companies, you really get tired of seeing the same box over and over again so it is nice to see HIS mixing it up and using the new design for their IceQ 3 series of cards.
Looking at the front of the box it has all your standard information - PCI Express, 512MB of DDR3, VIVO, 2x Dual Link DVI Connectors and Platinum pack. We can also see the sticker in the top right corner stating that it is a "Turbo" model capable of a 700MHz core and 1700MHz memory speed. We can also see the Crossfire ready logo like all X1900XT(X) cards.
Turning the box around we see the cool looking X1900XTX with the new IceQ fan in all its glory installed. The new box is excellent in the way it points to features of the card and lets you know how their solution works with features like larger surface area and ultra silent fan. Across the bottom we see a small amount of words out of the hundreds they have won including one from your favorite tech website - TweakTown.
Opening up the box we dive past the card for just a moment to see what is inside. Being an X1900XTX the cable collection is pretty standard. We have got an extended RCA and S-Video cable for users of TV-Out, Component out for users with support for it along with the VIVO cable, which is of course, Video In / Video Out, a feature that is standard on all X1900XTX cards. We also have a power connector and two DVI connectors just in case you're not using a DVI monitor.
Before we move onto the more exciting CD collection we will have a quick look at the very boring but always very included paperwork. Included is a power supply requirement piece, a step by step to selecting your TV format if you're making use of the TV out feature and of course the very standard user guide.
Onto the CD collection we have our bonus DVD which carries with it a number of cool programs and of course Dungeon Siege - we all most have enough copies in our lab for a 64 player LAN event. Power DVD, driver CD and iTurbo overclocking software are all included along with a copy of Flat Out. Hopefully in the not too distant future we see HIS move over to the new Flat Out 2 which has just been released and is an absolute blast to play. And, of course, we cannot forget about the little HIS Power Up! sticker that is included in the package.
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