Package and Accessories
Gigabyte solutions are most often shipped in vertical boxes, but for 9800 GT Silent Cell the package design has been changed dramatically. The new box is of common horizontal orientation and has a transparent cut-out window revealing the cooling system heatsink:
The overall design concept is very strict, there is nothing excessive here except for the bright mention of the fact that this solution belongs to Ultra Durable VGA series and features a golden plated HDMI connector. Overall, the graphics card package makes a very good impression. Its quality and protective abilities are also high enough: the external slip-cover hides another box made of thick cardboard with a polyurethane foam tray inside that holds the actual graphics card. The top of the tray is covered with clear plastic sheet. The back of the box is dedicated to the detailed description of features and advantages of the Silent Cell cooling system, however, the airflow schematic provided there seems a little off, that is why we are going to get back to it later in our review.
There are not too many accessories bundled with the card, but it is totally appropriate for the price range of Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell. Together with the card you get the following items:
- HDMI → DVI-D adapter;
- 2x4-pin Molex→ 1x6-pin PCIe adapter;
- S/PDIF cable;
- User manual;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities.
The manual breaks all records in the number of languages used in it: there are 25 different languages including Russian, Korean, Arabic, Greek and even Thai. Nevertheless, despite this diversity, everything a user might need, such as the description of GamerHUD utility and BIOS reflashing procedure, is there and we have to give Gigabyte due credit for that. There are very few graphics card makers these days who pay so much attention to supporting documents for their products.
We have no unfavorable comments about the package and accessories that come with Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell. The only thing we could probably point out is the useless praising of golden-plated connectors. Therefore, let’s move on to the actual technical specifications and features of the graphics card now.