Package and Accessories
The graphics card comes in a traditionally large box. The box has a plastic handle for carrying such a massive thing around.
We should give credit to MSI’s marketing department for making their products easily distinguishable from others. The package is decorated following the I, Robot theme, with a picture of a stylized girl. The three letters of the company’s name dominate the overall design. The OC sticker confirms that the box contains a special product with increased clock rates.
The packaging is good, with the contents being neatly placed in individual compartments and the card being fixed in a foam-rubber tray to avoid any damage during transportation or storage. The MSI R3870X2-T2D1G OC comes with the following accessories:
- 2xMolex→6-pin PCI Express power adapter;
- 6-pin PCI Express→8-pin PCI Express power adapter;
- DVI-I→D-Sub adapter;
- DVI-I→HDMI adapter;
- YPbPr splitter;
- CrossFire bridge;
- Brief installation manual;
- CD disk with MSI brand name drivers and utilities.
On one hand, you can see all the adapters, connectors and documentation you may need. But it is strange to find no games or bonus software. What is especially sad, there is no software player for Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. The latest GPUs from both ATI and Nvidia support hardware post-processing and decoding of video content in H.264 and VC-1 formats as the manufacturers do not omit to write on the boxes. Unfortunately, none of them includes the software (which costs $49.99) into the box.
The lack of free games is not much of a problem. Top-end graphics cards are bought by devoted gamers who already have all popular gaming titles.
The disc with drivers contains version 8.41 of MSI’s exclusive driver that is based on ATI Catalyst 8.1. The latest official version of Catalyst is 8.3, and the officially recommended driver for ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 is version 8.2. You may want to install one of these instead of MSI’s driver.
MSI also offers a few programs:
- MSI Live Update Series for automatic updating of the graphics card’s BIOS and drivers
- GoodMen for automatic cleaning of system memory to boost performance
- LockBox for locking your PC
- WMIinfor and MSI VIVID NEW! are diagnostic tools
- MSI Live New! is a kind of an RSS feed for news and materials of such services as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search
Although the packaging and accessories of the MSI R3870X2-T2D1G OC don’t provoke any questions, we should note that competing products come with richer accessories, especially in the sector of expensive graphics cards.