Package and Accessories
The packaging is quite typical for ASUS’s products of this price segment. There are valkyries on the cover just as on boxes with some other cards but the EN9600GT Top 512MB is hard to be confused with any other product thanks to the large captions and color scheme.
The black-and-green cover is perhaps not too appealing, but ASUS’s designers have tried to highlight every possible advantage of the EN9600GT Top 512MB over its opponents. The pictures on the face side of the box tout the exclusive cooling system called Glaciator Fansink and report that the card’s GPU is pre-overclocked by 10%. The cardboard box contains a foam-rubber tray with the card. Besides it, we found the following accessories in there:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI converter
- 1xMolex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapter
- YPbPr splitter
- Internal S/PDIF cable
- Brief guide on HDMI/SPDIF cable connection
- Brief installation guide
- User’s manual
- CD disk with drivers (171.16)
- CD disk with multi-lingual installation guide
This is just the basic set of accessories. There is no free software in it. This is quite normal nowadays for the product category the GeForce 9600 GT falls into.
We guess the lack of software for HD video playback is a problem. Every graphics cards with Nvidia’s G92, G84 or G94 chip has a hardware decoder of HD video formats (H.264, VC-1, WMV-HD, and MPEG2-HD) and a HD video post-processor. Thus, such cards can be bought for playing games as well as for installing into a home multimedia system. The GeForce 9600 GT suits this purpose especially well due to its relatively low power consumption. Considering that Microsoft’s Windows Media Player and other free players support neither Blu-ray nor HD DVD, the user has to buy third-party player software for about $50.
So, the packaging of the EN9600GT Top 512MB is quite standard. We have no complaints about it. The accessories are up to the product class although the lack of a HD video player may require an additional investment on the user’s part.