Package and Accessories
The package with a Gigabyte GV-RX19X512VB (hereafter referred to as Gigabyte Radeon X1900 XTX) is not intricately shaped like packages of XFX’s products, but still looks somewhat unusual due to its vertical orientation:
Fantasy-styled design is widespread among graphics card manufacturers. Step into any PC shop and there’ll be all manner of mages, dragons, elves and other mythology looking down on you from the shelves. Gigabyte’s designers couldn’t resist the temptation, but thankfully they got along without hackneyed monsters: a cute girl in a horny helmet and fanciful armor is depicted on the front of the box. The box is painted mostly red and pink which looks quite pretty and doesn’t irritate the eye. Moreover, red is the traditional color of ATI Technologies, so the box indicates what graphics processor is installed on the card.
The text at the bottom of the box tells you the basic technical specs of the product. There is also a sticker indicating that there’s additional software included within. According to the sticker, the Gigabyte Radeon X1900 XTX brings you a software pack costing as much as $190, which looks like a real bargain. On the other hand, it all depends whether you in particular are going to use this software. Besides the graphics card, the box contains:
- User manual
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
- YPbPr splitter
- VIVO splitter (S-Video and RCA)
- Power adapter (Molex → 6-pin PCI Express)
- S-Video cable
- RCA cable
- CD with drivers
- CD with CyberLink PowerDVD 6
- CD with CyberLink PowerDirector 3 ME
- DVD with Xpand Rally
- DVD with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
The user manual is written in English and Chinese and is all right from the technical standpoint. It gives you a thorough description of the installation procedure as well as of the ATI Catalyst Control Center settings. The manual also explains how to use the video-editing program CyberLink PowerDirector and the media player CyberLink PowerDVD 6 that you receive with the card. The BIOS update procedure is also described. We don’t know if localized versions of the manual are supplied into the European regions.
The choice of games in the software bundle is somewhat surprising because they were both released in 2004, and while the racing sim Xpand Rally features good enough visuals even for today, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero uses the game engine from the first Half-Life. Yes, the game is highly popular, but it is nothing much in terms of graphics and doesn’t suit for demonstrating the capabilities of a Radeon X1900 processor.
Overall, the accessories to the Gigabyte Radeon X1900 XTX aren’t exactly gorgeous, especially for a flagship solution, yet you can’t call them paltry, either. You get some useful software and two popular games, even though not masterpieces of 3D graphics.