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Force3D Radeon HD 4870: Package and Accessories

Force3D is not a recognized brand as yet, so the designers made use of Ruby, the famous heroine of ATI’s tech demos. This packaging looks appealing and makes it clear that the box contains a Radeon-based graphics card.

The design is modest overall. But modesty is not always a good property. For example, you can only learn the model number of the GPU but not the amount of graphics memory on the box. You can’t easily find out what connectors the card has and what technologies it supports. The packaging looks stylish without much text but inexperienced users may find it uninformative. On the other hand, people who buy $299 cards should have enough knowledge to identify the product and its basic characteristics. Moreover, the detailed specs of the card can be found at the back of the box.

The contents of the box are packed into thick cardboard. We found the following stuff in there:

  • CD disk with drivers and installation instructions
  • DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
  • DVI-I → HDMI adapter
  • S-Video → RSC adapter
  • YPbPr splitter
  • ATI CrossFire bridge

The accessories are far from gorgeous. You just get the bare minimum of things you need to use the card. The kit doesn’t include a software player capable of playing Blu-ray and HD DVD media, which is a demanded accessory today.

So, the packaging and accessories of the Force3D Radeon HD 4870 are good overall. A stylish box with a minimum set of accessories inside. The lack of a HD video player is a common drawback of many graphics cards. You’ll have to purchase such a player for its full retail price if you want to watch high-definition video on your PC.

 
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