Package and Accessories
ASUS just wouldn’t be it own self if they didn’t offer their highest-performance solution in a box smaller than before. So, here is the same box the size of a briefcase:
The design of the box was borrowed from the ASUS EAX1800XT TOP for some reason (for details see ASUS EAX1800XT TOP/2DHTV Graphics Card: Living on the Edge): a totally black color scheme and a picture of an armored soldier. The box has a handle so that you didn’t have any troubles carrying it home. Yes, there’s a downside to this large package, particularly a higher rate of warehouse storage, but it is well compensated by the effect it produces to attract the potential customer. The sheer size of the box is an indicator that this is a top league product!
There is some technical info about the card on the front of the box like the amount of graphics memory, two DVI-I connectors, support for HDTV and VIVO. The box also mentions the copy of Peter Jackson’s King Kong that you will find inside, too. You can unfold the front panel to learn more about the ASUS EAX1900XTX but you can’t see it through a window as the boxes of previous flagship products from ASUS permitted. Instead of a window, the potential buyer can read a detailed description of the ASUS Extreme Video and ASUS Extreme Gaming concepts and the technologies these concepts are embodied in:
- ASUS Splendid Video Enhancing Technology optimizes image parameters for video content
- ASUS GameFace Messenger provides audio and video communication between players during network play
- ASUS GameLiveShow allows broadcasting your game play on the Internet
- ASUS GameReplay can save your game play in a video file for later viewing, analyzing mistakes or sharing with other players
- ASUS Video Security Online transforms your graphics card into a simple video surveillance system after you attach a web-camera to it
- ASUS OnScreenDisplay (OSD) allows adjusting image parameters like brightness, contrast, etc. without leaving the game
Frankly speaking, we don’t think these technologies are going to be utilized by too many users who buy this graphics card because they require ASUS’ exclusive driver to work. ASUS’ driver often lags behind the current version of ATI’s official Catalyst driver and is much larger (about 100MB in total), while the use of the latest version of the official driver guarantees the user maximum performance and lack of problems in new games.
There are a few compartments inside the box the accessories are snugly fitted in. The graphics card is firmly fixed in a separate small polyurethane-foam box and is thus secured against damage during transportation. Here are the accessories we found in the box:
- Molex → PCI Express
- VIVO splitter
- YPbPr splitter
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
- S-Video cable
- RCA cable
- Installation guide
- Pouch for CDs
- Software pack
The software pack comes on 9 discs and, besides discs with drivers and a multilingual user manual, includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong , Project: Snowblind and an ASUS GamePack disc with three more games. Also in the software pack are programs for watching, authoring and editing video content, namely ASUS DVD XP, CyberLink Power Director 3 and Medi@Show.
Unfortunately, these are in fact all the accessories to the ASUS EAX1900XTX, although it belongs to the category of the most expensive and high-performing graphics cards. It’s good to have a gaming hit and four less popular titles in the package, yet we would want to see something special in a box with such a powerful graphics card, something that would put it apart from other companies’ products, especially since ASUS has always been renowned for its ability to surprise the buyer in some nice way.
For example, a gamepad, like the ASUS XitePad included with the EAX1800XT Top (for details see our article called ASUS EAX1800XT TOP/2DHTV Graphics Card: Living on the Edge), would be welcome here since the EAX1900XTX is targeted exclusively at PC gamers. We don’t know why ASUS doesn’t enclose the mentioned gamepad with its best R580-based solution as they did with their other product, the EAX1900 CrossFire.
Apart from this, the accessories to the ASUS EAX1900XTX are more than sufficient. The packaging itself is good, too, but they might have changed the design which is the same for as many as four graphics cards from ASUS: the EAX1800XL, EAX1800XT TOP, EAX1900 CrossFire and EAX1900XTX.