Gigabyte GV-NX795T512H-RH Graphics Card
Package and Accessories
We have already seen the new packaging of Gigabyte’s graphics cards when we reviewed the GV-RX19X512VB (Radeon X1900 XTX) and GV-NX79X512DB (GeForce 7900 GTX) models as well as the unique GV-NX76T256D-RH “Silent Pipe II”.
Like each of the three mentioned products, the Gigabyte GV-NX795T512H-RH, hereafter referred to as just Gigabyte GeForce 7950 GT, comes in a rather big vertically oriented package. It is decorated to match the style of the strategy game Civilization IV enclosed in the box. There is a symbolic collage here that includes everything from Ancient Greek temples and Aztec pyramids to modern skyscrapers and space rockets. The package is painted rather mild colors and looks quite appealing.
Inside the vivid wrapping, there is an ordinary cardboard box with two compartments one of which contains a foam-rubber tray with the graphics card in an antistatic packet, discs and a user manual. The few accessories included with the product lie in the other compartment. Here’s a list of the box contents, besides the graphics card:
- User’s guide;
- Two DVI-I→D-Sub adapters;
- Universal video output modules (YPbPr/S-Video/RCA);
- CD disk with drivers and CyberLink PowerDVD 6;
- DVD disk with Sid Meier’s Civilization IV game.
The user manual is written in two languages, English and Chinese. It gives you a detailed description of the installation procedure, also covering SLI configurations, and of the settings you can find in the Nvidia ForceWare driver, including information about the new Control Panel. The video output unit is a standard one, but Gigabyte added a sticker to it so that you could fasten it on the PC case. Most manufacturers are prone to forget about such trifles, and Gigabyte’s care about the user’s convenience looks appealing.
The lack of S-Video or RCA cables is not a drawback as it would have been a few years ago. These types of connections are but rarely used nowadays whereas YPbPr, DVI and HDMI, which ensure a much higher image quality, are ever growing in popularity. Besides that, cables that you usually find included with graphics cards are generally too short, making it impossible to connect your PC to a TV-set. The package doesn’t contain a power adapter, but we’ll explain this in the next section.
A copy of Civilization IV is a nice addition to this rather frugal set of accessories. This global turn-based strategy traces its origin back to the legendary Sid Meier’s Civilization released over 15 years ago, in 1991. This game is a universally recognized hit in its genre, so it’s good Gigabyte included it with its GeForce 7950 GT. One copy of a premium-class game is much better than a lot of demo versions or full versions of obsolete or unpopular games. Besides that, Civilization IV is a rather demanding application, especially if you play it at a high resolution with enabled full-screen antialiasing, and can outline the advantages of the GeForce 7950 GT over less advanced graphics cards.
Thus, the Gigabyte GeForce 7950 GT comes with good, but not extraordinary, accessories. This is not an expensive product, so we hadn’t really hoped for anything more.