Package and Accessories
EVGA’s product boxes are all alike. As opposed to the box of the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked kit we tested earlier, the model name and the company’s logo are silver rather than gray on this one.
There are almost no other differences. Unfortunately, the graphics memory type is indicated wrongly again: DDR3 instead of GDDR3. The box is rather small and can easily fit into a standard plastic bag. There is a window in the back of the box for you to take a look at the part of the card with the serial number. Below the window there is a sticker with the same number. This confirms the authenticity of the product and makes it eligible for the EVGA Step-Up program.
The protective properties of this packaging are somewhat worse than with the EVGA GeForce GTX 295+. Instead of a foam-rubber tray there is a plastic container like the one we saw in the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked kit. Anyway, the card is quite protected against any hazards during transportation and storage. Fixed within the container, the graphics car is accompanied with the following accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- Two 2x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters
- S/PDIF cable
- Brief installation instructions
- User’s manual
- EVGA logo sticker
- CD disk with drivers and utilities
The accessories are the same as those included with the above-mentioned EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked except that there is no copy of Far Cry 2 here. That’s not good since the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC is a gaming card. On the other hand, there is everything in the box that you need to install and use this card.
As usual, the disc contains the driver and a couple of useful tools: Fraps 2.9.6 and EVGA Precision (an overclocking and monitoring program). Unfortunately, EVGA’s Voltage Tuner (a tool for adjusting the card’s GPU voltage) is not included. Moreover, this tool will at first only support graphics cards with a Volterra VT1165 controller in the power circuit (i.e. the GeForce GTX 280 and 260 based on the 65nm G200 core, and the GeForce GTX 295).
Thus, the packaging of the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC is good, but we think the accessories are rather too scanty for a product that claims to be the fastest single-chip graphics card available. This deficiency is made up for by good factory overclocking, though.