Package and Accessories
Just like any other top-end graphics card from ASUS, this one comes in a really huge box:
It has a carry handle for you to take it home. There is a picture of King Kong on the cover of the box because the software bundle includes the appropriate game. There box still has a flap, but there is no window under it so that you could take a look at the card without taking it out of the package. Inside the colorful wrapping, there is a white cardboard box. The accessories are placed in the compartments and the graphics card itself is firmly fixed in foam rubber to avoid damage during transportation. Here’s the list of accessories supplied with the card:
- Molex → PCI Express power adapter
- YPbPr splitter
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
- Installation guide
- Pouch for CDs
- CD with ASUS’ drivers
- CD with a full version of the user manual
- DVD with Peter Jackson’s King Kong
- DVD with Project: Snowblind
This doesn’t look gorgeous even in comparison with the ASUS EAX1900XTX, not to mention the EAX1800XT TOP, although this is a premium-class product! Perhaps ASUS tried to reduce the card’s cost, which is of course good, but there’s no trace of luxury associated with the ASUS brand left here. They didn’t even include S-Video and RCA cables for connecting to TV-sets. This doesn’t seem right for a solution of that class, yet some users may think it good that they don’t have to pay extra for games and accessories they will never use.
All senior models in the GeForce 7 family are manufactured by Nvidia’s order at Foxconn and do not differ from the reference samples, so Nvidia’s partners don’t have too many ways to differentiate their products to appeal to the potential customer. They can only experiment with the packaging and accessories or install an original cooling system. The latter is rather rare among top-end cards, and the ASUS EN7950GX2 isn’t going to make an exception. Developing an original cooler that would cope with a GeForce 7950 GX2 with its cramped dual-PCB design is a daunting task and would also make the end product more expensive.
As for compatibility, ASUS’ website is more optimistic than Nvidia’s and lists 21 mainboards from ASUS alone.