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Package and Accessories

The box with a Bliss 8800 GT 1024MB GS is no different from the box of Gainward’s Bliss 8800 GT 512MB GS GLH we reviewed earlier. Having a standard size, it doesn’t need a handle. It’s decorated in mild colors that can hardly catch a casual shopper’s eye.

The package is designed identically for the entire Gainward Bliss 8800 series while the technical info, which varies from model to model, is provided on a sticker. Here, you can see a red sticker telling that the card has as much as 1024 megabytes of graphics memory. This product belongs to the Golden Sample series but the lack of the GLH suffix (it stands for “Goes Like Hell”) indicates a moderate frequencies growth in comparison with Nvidia’s reference card.

The graphics card is packed into a bubble wrap and fixed in an individual carton within the main box. This protects it against any damage during transportation or storage. Besides it, we found the following in the box:

  • 2 x Molex→6-pin PCI Express power adapter;
  • DVI-I→D-Sub adapter;
  • DVI-I→D-HDMI adapter;
  • S-Video→S/PDIF adapter;
  • Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter;
  • Brief installation manual;
  • CD disk with drivers and full user’s manual;
  • CD disk with CyberLink PowerDVD 6;
  • DVD disk with Tomb Raider: Anniversary game

As you can see, the card comes with the same set of accessories as the Gainward Bliss 8800 GT 512MB GS GLH. There is a full selection of connectors and adapters, including a DVI-I → HDMI adapter and an external cable for the audio-over-HDMI feature. The latter is connected to the sound card’s S/PDIF connector and to the graphics card’s mini-DIN port, which is usually employed for analog video output. This simplifies the connection of the PC to your other equipment as you only need one HDMI cable to connect to your receiver or LCD/plasma panel.

A full version of Tomb Raider: Anniversary is included with the card. It is a reissue of the original 1996 title that opened the famous series of Lara Croft games. Although not using DirectX 10, the game is technically advanced and can demonstrate your graphics card’s abilities vividly. It’s somewhat disappointing to find PowerDVD 6 as a DVD player because this version is long obsolete.

The packaging and accessories are no different from those we described in our review of the Gainward Bliss 8800 GT 512MB GS GLH, and our opinion about them hasn’t changed. The accessories are very good while the box should be made more appealing to better attract the potential customer. It is especially important for Gainward’s Golden Sample/Goes Like Hell series which claim to be exclusive products.

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