Closer Look at ASUS Matrix 5870
Packaging and Accessories
Like the previous Matrix series product we tested, this one comes in a large retail box. Well, some product boxes from ASUS used to be even larger, resembling a small suitcase even, but you can hardly look at a shop shelf without noticing the Matrix 5870 on it. The face panel of the box is designed in the same way as we saw with the Matrix GTX285.
The uniform package design makes the Matrix series consistent, creating an easily identifiable style, which is quite imposing, sober and not gaudy at all. A sticker on the box informs the potential buyer that the GPU is pre-overclocked to 900 MHz. You can get more info on the product by flipping back the flap.
These are mostly marketing statements but, as we found out in our ASUS Matrix GTX285 review, most of them are true. Particularly, Matrix series cards do offer unique opportunities in terms of controlling GPU and memory parameters. A window here allows you to take a look at the card without opening the box up. So, the packaging of the Matrix series is high quality and very informative.
Inside the external box, there is another one made from black riffled cardboard with gold embossing. Inside it, the ASUS Matrix 5870 graphics card rests on a thick layer of protective material. There is one more flat box below the card. It contains the following accessories:
- HDMI → DVI-D adapter;
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- Two 2x6-pin PATA → 1x8-pin PCIe adapters;
- CrossFire bridge;
- SpeedSetup brief manual;
- iTracker 2 user manual;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities;
- CD disk with full user manual;
- Republic of Gamers logo sticker;
- CD holder made of artificial leather.
There is everything you need to make full use of the graphics card. The handy CD case included into the box has a magnet lock. We must confess we still use such a CD case (taken from the Matrix GTX285 accessories) for storing frequently used installation discs with drivers and benchmarking software. It is handier than the round plastic cases ASUS used to include with its earlier products.
We described the exclusive iTracker 2 utility in our Matrix GTX285 review but can remind you the basic points here.
This program is part of the hardware and software toolkit that gives the user flexible control over the parameters of a Matrix series graphics card, up to updating its BIOS and restoring BIOS code if it gets corrupted. No other manufacturer but ASUS offers such broad functionality. Gigabyte’s GamerHUD and MSI’s Afterburner are close to iTracker 2 in functionality but they are not backed up by hardware components on board the graphics card.
So, like the previously reviewed Matrix GTX285, the Matrix 5870 gets our praise for its high-quality packaging and good accessories. Let’s move on to the more interesting things, though.