Package and Accessories
EVGA GeForce GTS 285 FTW
EVGA uses a unified design for its product packaging. It appeals to the customer with simplicity and neatness, differing from model to model with but a few details such as the color and texture of the strip at the top of the box and the typeface of the product’s model name. The design of the packaging of the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 FTW is the same as that of the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC we described in an earlier review:
The single difference is the FTW Edition sticker you can see below the orange strip. The memory type is indicated as DDR3 rather than GDDR3, which is a common error among graphics card makers. There is a window in the back of the box for you to compare the serial numbers on the graphics card’s PCB and packaging without taking the card out of the box. This is necessary if you care about the manufacturer’s warranty as well as about the EVGA Step-Up program. The box is compact and will easily fit into any bag.
There is a transparent plastic blister pack inside the box. The graphics card is fixed within it and is secured against any hazards during its transportation and storage. The card is accompanied with the following accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter;
- Two 2x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters;
- S/PDIF connecting cable;
- Brief installation manual;
- User’s manual;
- Brand name EVGA logo sticker;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities;
- 10% off coupon for nZone.com online store.
As you can see, there are almost no differences from the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC save for the coupon that provides a 10% discount if you purchase up to 5 games or applications at the nZone.com shop. The EVGA card comes with the fewest accessories among the reviewed graphics cards, yet you do get everything necessary to run the card normally. Not all users appreciate extra accessories, after all. So, this is not a drawback in our eyes.
Besides Fraps, the drivers disc contains a copy of the EVGA Precision utility we have mentioned in our previous reviews of EVGA products. It is a simple and handy tool for overclocking and monitoring the graphics card’s temperatures. It is somewhat superior to ASUS SmartDoctor in functionality but cannot control the GPU voltage.
Well, the latter function depends not only on the software but also on the voltage regulator’s controller chip. Alas, the reference design of GeForce GTX 285 uses a controller that does not support software control of the GPU voltage. So far, EVGA Voltage Tuner can only work with graphics cards equipped with Volterra VT1165 controllers, and the GeForce GTX 285 is one of them.
The packaging and accessories of the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 FTW have not changed since the previous EVGA card we tested, and our opinion about it has not changed, either. The box design is good while the accessories are just sufficient. We don’t view the latter as a drawback, but cannot add more points to the product for its accessories, either.