Packaging and Accessories
Both versions of the Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ come in medium-sized boxes.
The coloring of the boxes is black and green and silver and green, which agrees with Nvidia’s corporate colors, but the picture is somewhat odd. Instead of a girl, robot, mage or monster, the box shows an armor-clad frog - frobot. This image may be perceived as a hint at Froblin Demo, a program that demonstrates such advantages of the RV770 processor as a programmable tessellation unit and DirectX 10.1 support. These features are missing in Nvidia’s new G200 architecture, let alone G80/G92 chips.
The graphics card lies wrapped into an antistatic pack in a cardboard tray. Besides the card, the box contains the following:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- 2xMolex → 1xPCIe 1.0 adapter
- 1xPCIe 2.0 → 1xPCIe 1.0 adapter
- Internal S/PDIF cable
- Brief user’s manual
- CD disk with drivers
- 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition software suite
The accessories are scanty just as you could expect considering the low price of the cards. On the other hand, there is everything you need to use all of the card’s features, including HDMI support. Software for playing HD video is the only missing thing here.
The 8-pin→6-pin power adapter may look odd to you because these connectors are mechanically compatible, and 8-pin graphics card connectors of modern PSUs often use an 8+2 design, but this adapter may indeed come in handy in some situations. The reference card from Nvidia is all hidden inside an exterior casing, and you can’t plug an 8-pin connector of your PSU into the card’s 6-pin connector because the 2 extra pins will press against the edge of the casing. That’s when you can use the adapter.
Overall, the accessories of the Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ are up to the card’s market positioning. After all, G92-based solutions are now far from being flagship products as they were at the time the GeForce 9800 GTX was announced. The lack of a HD video player is a disappointment, but this lowers the price of the product, especially as Palit has never been an elite brand. The company is currently marketing its premium products under the Gainward brand. Thus, the accessories match the pricing of these cards.
Now let’s check out their design. One of these cards uses a non-reference PCB!