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On the reverse side of the box there is a brief list of technical specifications of this product in 6 most widely spread European languages. However, I think you have already played with the box enough. Let’s open it:

Inside the box there is another package designed in shining black, with the graphics card lying in the middle of it. All the necessary accessories are also there:

  • User’s manual
  • DVI-I-to-D-Sub adapter
  • RCA cable
  • S-Video cable
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter
  • Power splitter for 12V cable
  • CD disc with the drivers
  • CD disc with the InterVideo WinDVD 4 software DVD player
  • CD disc with Comanche 4 simulator game
  • 2 CD discs with fantasy Summoren game
  • CD disc with the demo versions for the following games: Ballistics, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, Ghost Recon, Serious Sam: Second Encounter and Vietcong.

Well, not a bad combination. Happy owners of the new Club3D RADEON 9800 PRO graphics card will definitely have something to do: the set of demos is not bad at all, besides, the Comanche 4 game is a pretty exciting thing using shader effects. The DVI-I-to-D-Sub converter looks somewhat unusual: it is much larger than the regular converter, which is usually enclosed with the graphics cards on ATI Technologies’ chips, it is packed into a non-transparent case and is equipped with the fixing bolts. All in all, it appeared very convenient to use. As for the video-signal cables, they are on the contrary, not very reliable at first glance. Though S-Video cable is thick enough and features proper screening, the RCA cable is very thin, which may appear a limiting factor for quality TV-Out implementation. Those of you who would like to use the RCA Out (if the peripheral equipment has no S-Video In, for instance), will have to go to the nearest consumer electronics store to get a good cable.

The user’s manual is written in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. All in all, it is a pretty common guide, which tells you briefly about the features of the Club3D RADEON 9800 PRO graphics card, provides installation instructions and specifies a few things about the driver settings. It is interesting that this manual seems to be a unified version for the entire RADEON 9500/9700 and 9800 family, because the picture illustrating the connection of the additional power supply cable features a card equipped with Molex connector, while the piece we had at our disposal was equipped with a regular 12V connector.

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