Package and Accessories
Vertically oriented boxes are getting more popular among graphics card makers. We’ve seen products from Gigabyte and PowerColor packaged like that, and now Albatron follows the suit.
The box looks modern and nice although the overall impression is somewhat spoiled by the trivial picture. Being rather compact, the box can easily fit into a standard plastic bag, so the lack of a handle is not a problem. The product name printed in large letters doesn’t have the “512MB” ending. To avoid confusion, you should remember that old, G80-based, models of Albatron 8800 GTS were shipped in a flat box painted light colors.
Besides the graphics card proper, the box contains:
- 2 x Molex→6-pin PCI Express power adapter;
- Two DVI-I→D-Sub adapters;
- Universal 7-pin mini-DIN→YPbPr/Composite/S-Video splitter;
- S-Video cable;
- Composite RCA cable;
- Brief installation manual;
- CD disk with drivers and full user’s manual.
The accessories bundle looks somewhat archaic in 2008 due to the S-Video and Composite RCA cables that are hardly necessary in the era of LCD and plasma TV-sets equipped with DVI, HDMI or at least an YPbPr interface. On the other hand, the box contains everything you need to use the card. There is no additional software, which is somewhat disappointing. A good game and a modern media player would be appropriate. On the other hand, not all people appreciate such “free” accessories.
The packaging of the Albatron 8800GTS-512X is good overall, but we can recall more original products from the same brand like the above-mentioned Gigi GeForce FX5900 PV that was sold in a knapsack. As for the accessories, they might be more numerous and more modern to appeal more to the customer.