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XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition

Package and Accessories

XFX often ships its products in original packaging like the X-shaped box we once described to you. Perhaps this packaging is too extravagant to be practical, but it surely fulfils the purpose of catching the customer’s eye. This time the box is unusual, too:

It is narrow, long and rather compact, so you shouldn’t have any problems carrying it home. The design is not as minimalistic as that of the EVGA card’s box but looks demure and neat. The font of the Black Edition label reminds us of the disco 80’s. The text on the box tells you the type and amount of graphics memory and that a copy of the racing sim Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is included with the card. The fact that the card’s frequencies are pre-overclocked is only indicated by the Black Edition label. Inside, there is another box made from thick black cardboard with XFX logo. And in this box, there is a flat one with accessories. And it is at the very bottom that you will find your XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition wrapped into an antistatic pack.

The product comes with these accessories:

  • DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
  • Two 2x4-pin PATA → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters;
  • CrossFire bridge;
  • Brief user manual;
  • CD disk with drivers;
  • XFX Black Edition sticker;
  • “I am Gaming, Do Not Disturb” door tag;
  • Coupon for full version of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 game.

So, the XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition is packed up just as well as the EVGA GeForce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition. A copy of a modern game is included into this kit, too. There is one more common thing between the two products: the free game is selected in such a way as to emphasize the advanced features of the respective card, namely the EVGA’s PhysX and the XFX’s DirectX 11. But again, Nvidia’s PhysX is deliberately exclusive without any fundamental technical reasons for that whereas the DirectX 11 support in the new generation of ATI Radeon HD processors is indeed unique and only due to their more progressive architecture.

Summing it up, the packaging and accessories of the XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition deserve as high a mark as those of its opponent from EVGA. XFX’s product has the advantage of price: the Black Edition Radeon HD 5850 can be found selling at less than $350 whereas the mentioned GeForce GTX 275 version from EVGA will cost you $349 or more. Thus, the XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition has only one drawback. It lacks PhysX support. Perhaps we can get rid of this drawback. Let’s first see how the card is designed, though.

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