Package and Accessories
The box with the Foxconn product is large, too, yet it is smaller than the ASUS box and lacks a handle. It is designed in mild colors, mostly dark violet and blue, which make up an abstract picture with a bent towards astronomy. There is a sticker in the top left corner that informs the user about the advantages he is going to enjoy upon purchasing the card.
Foxconn protected its product against damage during transportation, too. ASUS used a polyurethane-foam tray, but Foxconn additionally put the card into a blister wrap, besides an antistatic pack. The card is firmly fixed in its compartment and is accompanied with the following accessories:
- 2 2xMolex -> 6-pin PCI Express power converters
- 2 DVI-I->D-Sub adapters
- Universal YPbPr/S-Video/Composite splitter
- User’s manual
- CD disk with drivers
- CD disk with VirtualDrive Pro 10 and RestoreIT 7.0 software
- Brand name USB-gamepad
The Foxconn FV-N79GM2D2-HPOC we reviewed before had almost the same accessories, by the way.
A good thing about the accessories is that they include a Foxconn 3D Game Pad.
This gamepad resembles the famous Sony DualShock, which is considered one of the most ergonomically optimal devices in its class. The gamepad case is made from rubberized plastic for additional convenience. It is agreeable to touch and prevents your fingers from slipping off. Besides the main 8-position joystick, the 3D Game Pad offers 10 buttons and two analog controllers. The latter two can react to a press, too, thus increasing the number of available buttons to 12. The gamepad is connected to the PC via a USB port. It is recognized by the OS as a generic gamepad and does not require special drivers. To configure and calibrate it, you just go into the Game Controllers section of the Control Panel in Windows. Without a doubt, it makes a nice addition to the graphics card.
We guess it would be appropriate to have some popular third-person shooter or a fighting game included into the package together with the gamepad, but Foxconn decided different. The software bundle consists of programs for creating and managing CD/DVD images (VirtualDrive Pro) and for system recovery (RestoreIT). This approach is somewhat more pragmatic and justifiable. You may want to have software that allows creating a virtual optical drive in your system to avoid the troubles associated with the notorious StarForce protection. Gamers also need to restore their systems more often than other users. So, these two programs are indeed helpful and they cost $39.99 each separately. Yet we are dealing with a gaming graphics card – with the most advanced such card available today – and one or two games would indeed be appropriate.
The included manual is quite a normal thing. We don’t have any complaints about it. It can help an inexperienced user to install the new graphics card into the system.
The package and accessories of the Foxconn FV-N88XMAD2-ON are appealing due to the free-of-charge items, particularly a 3D Game Pad, with a total cost of $180 (according to the manufacturer). We would be pleased even more if the box contained at least one game. On the other hand, this would raise the retail price of the card and make it less attractive for those people who don’t need the particular games.
For the sake of readability we will be hereafter referring to the Foxconn card as Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX.
PCB Design and Cooling System
The Foxconn card may come to the market in either black or green version. Our sample of the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX makes use of a black solder mask and does not differ from Nvidia’s reference card in anything.
External difference goes no further than the stickers on the cooler and fan. The picture on the cooler casing showing celestial bodies resembles the picture on the graphics card box.
The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX employs Samsung K4J52324QC-BJ11 memory. Its twelve 512Mb GDDR3 chips have a voltage of 2.0V and a rating frequency of 900 (1800) MHz. This is the frequency the memory is clocked at by the card, in compliance with Nvidia’s specification. The total amount of memory is 786MB with a 384-bit memory bus. The GPU frequencies are 576MHz and 1350MHz for the main and shader domains, respectively. The GPU is configured according to the official GeForce 8800 GTX specification: 32 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and 128 unified shader processors.
The card is equipped with two universal DVI-I connectors and a 7-pin mini-DIN connector that allows to plug an S-Video cable in directly.