Package and Accessories
The graphics card is shipped in a cardboard box of traditional shape and size. It is painted red and black and looks quite appealing.
There is a lot of technical information on the box but no mention of the exact frequencies the card is clocked at. Instead, there is a sticker reporting that the product belongs to the Gainward Golden Sample series. As usual, the type of graphics memory installed on the card is indicated wrongly: DDR3 instead of GDDR3. This is a common mistake. A list of rather exaggerated system requirements can be found at the back of the box: a 500W power supply is an overstatement. The Radeon HD 4850 doesn’t consume too much power and works normally in computers equipped with 400-450W PSUs.
Inside the big box there is a smaller one that contains the graphics card packed into a blister wrap. The scanty accessories can be found nearby:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- 1x6-pin PCIe → 1x8-pin PCIe adapter
- Brief installation instructions
- CD disk with drivers and utilities
This is a bare minimum of accessories, actually. There is even no DVI-I → HDMI adapter, and you’ll have to buy one separately in order to connect your large TV-set with HDMI input to this card. On the other hand, these accessories are all right with us if the card sells at a reasonable price, especially as the box contains everything necessary to use the Gainward HD 4850 1024MB GS in a gaming PC.
So, the packaging of the Gainward HD 4850 1024MB GS is attractive but its accessories might be better. Well, perhaps ours was a presale sample, and the retail version will be supplied with more accessories.