Package and Accessories
Both cards are shipped in identical boxes differing with the model number, HD 3850 and HD 3870 respectively:
The boxes are not very large. Their decoration is based on the popular role-play game Neverwinter Nights 2 which is included with both products. The face side of each box shows a picture of Amon Jerro, a character from the game. The gloomy design is quite appealing in a special way.
The basic specs of the product are also shown on the box. You can learn that the cards belong to the Ultra Durable 2 series featuring low-ESR solid-state capacitors, ferrite-core inductors and power transistors with a low RDS(on) rating. The combination of these components helps lower the heat dissipation of the power circuit and increase its efficiency as well as overall reliability.
The graphics cards lie in foam-rubber trays that protect them against possible damage during transportation and storage. Both cards come with the same set of accessories:
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
- 2 x Molex → 1 x 6-pin PCIe converter
- Universal S-Video/RCA/YPbPr splitter
- Flexible CrossFire bridge
- Brief installation guide
- Neverwinter Nights 2 manual
- CD disk with drivers
- DVD disk with full Neverwinter Nights 2 game
The accessories are good for mainstream products. We can only gripe about the lack of a DVI-I → HDMI adapter and HD content player.
ATI Radeon HD 3000 series cards feature a best-in-industry hardware video processor and are often bought for use in a home multimedia system with HD video support. That’s why the lack of the mentioned accessories is a drawback really. You’ll have to spend an additional $50-100 in order to use your GV-RX385256H or GV-RX387512H for watching HD video on a large screen.
Fortunately, the lack of a HD video player is the single problem we can see here. Otherwise, the packaging and accessories of the Gigabyte GV-RX385256H and GV-RX387512H deserve our praise, particularly for the CrossFire connector and the copy of an interesting game.