Packaging and Accessories
The product box seems to be an ordinary medium-size thing. However, the box is sealed into polyethylene film that looks like an indication of a high product status. The laconic design adds to this impression.
An orange strip against a black background is all the decoration here, but this minimalistic approach looks calm and respectable in comparison with all those robots, dragons and busty lasses in armor that you see on other product boxes. There is a widespread mistake on the packaging: the caption in the top left corner says “896MB DDR3,” but the card is equipped with GDDR3 memory which has little to do with DDR3. It is closer to DDR2 architecturally. The word Superclocked indicates factory overclocking and the sticker below it informs you that a copy of Far Cry 2 is included with the card.
There is a window in the back of the box through which you can see part of the PCB with the serial number sticker. Below the window there is a second sticker and text warning you that the serial numbers on both stickers must be identical. This is necessary for the lifetime warranty offered by EVGA as well as for the participation in the EVGA Step-Up program that allows replacing your card with a more advanced one (by paying the difference) in 90 days after the purchase. Well, we don’t guess that many people get tired of their new graphics cards so quickly. A graphics card usually serves for more than 90 days.
The packaging quality is traditionally high: EVGA uses a translucent plastic container instead of cardboard. The graphics card is fixed within the container, being perfectly protected against possible damage during transportation and storage. It may only be harmed if a storehouse loader runs over it, but no protection would help then. Besides the card, we found the following accessories in the box:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- Two 2x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters
- S/PDIF cable
- Brief installation manual
- User’s manual
- 2 EVGA logo stickers
- CD disk with drivers and utilities
- DVD disk with full version of Far Cry 2 game
Even considering the rather high recommended price (over $250), the accessories are good, especially due to the copy of the popular shooter Far Cry 2. Our only gripe is about the lack of software for playing modern high-definition video formats, but the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked is positioned as a gaming solution. Moreover, such software is missing in most other graphics card kits.
Besides the drivers, the included CD contains an electronic version of the user manual and a couple of useful tools. One of them is the well-known Fraps (version 2.9.6) and another is EVGA Precision. The latter is an overclocking tool that seems to be based on the RivaTuner core. Besides controlling the graphics core and memory frequencies, this program allows you to adjust the speed of the cooler’s fan and keep track of the temperature of up to four GPUs in your system.
EVGA Precision allows you to create up to 10 profiles and assign hot buttons to them. It can output its data, including the frame rate, not only within the game (like Fraps) but also to the integrated display of the popular gaming keyboard Logitech G15. The program has a simple and functional interface, which makes it a handy everyday tool in an overclocker’s toolbox.
As for Far Cry 2, this game is the sequel to the legendary Far Cry that once set a new standard of graphics quality for first-person shooters. This game doesn’t need our recommendations as it should be familiar to every lover of this genre. We also use it as one of our tests. This is indeed a good gift for every gamer and EVGA has got our praises for that. Few graphics card vendors include new games with their products.
Thus, the packaging and accessories of the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked graphics card are top quality. The box looks attractive and contains everything necessary to use the card. The kit does not include obsolete cables and adapters but offers a new and popular game as a free bonus.