Package and Accessories
The box of this card looks like the box of the NX8600GTS, but the silvery color has been replaced with blue. Even the helmet of the fantastical warrior is now painted blue.
The package itself is simple – an ordinary cardboard box. As opposed to more expensive cards from MSI, there is no protective foamed-plastic tray here. Everything is laid out into cardboard compartments and the card is additionally wrapped into an antistatic pack. Besides it, the box contains:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- Universal S-Video/RCA/YPbPr splitter;
- S-Video cable;
- Brief installation guide;
- CD disk with drivers.
Entry-level graphics cards, like this one from MSI, come with a minimum of accessories. This is just what we have here: the accessories are scanty, yet include everything you need to use the card. There is only one DVI-I → D-Sub adapter here because the card is equipped with only one DVI-I port. The brief user manual is designed like a large colorful poster. It is not a very convenient format, but you’ll get the necessary information from it.
Unfortunately, this graphics card does not support DHCP, and you’ll have to use a VGA cable to watch Blu-ray or HD DVD discs with DHCP on your LCD panel, which is going to have a negative effect on image quality at resolutions like 1920x1080. You can use the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software to disable the protection instead, but this means spending $79 which negates the price difference between the GeForce 8500 GT and more advanced graphics card models.
The packaging and accessories of the MSI NX8500GT are good for an entry-level graphics card. Let’s now take a closer look at the product considering that it is the first GeForce 8500 GT to ever come to our test labs.