Package and Accessories
Boxes with PowerColor graphics cards have never been really eye-catching. They are designed in a simple and unassuming way, perhaps improving towards more elegance recently. You may take the packages of the PowerColor X800 GT (see our article called PowerColor X800 GT Graphics Card Review: Worthy Competitor to NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT) and PowerColor X800 GTO 16 models (see our article called PowerColor X800 GTO 16 Graphics Card Review: Image is the Top Priority?) as examples. The box with the PowerColor X1900 XT has the new look, too:
The box is painted blue and black with a metallic shine. Careless use of such colors may easily make any design look gaudy and tasteless, but it is all restrained and stern here. There’s nothing on the box save for text, logos and an imitation window. By the way, the color of the box has a direct relation to the graphics card model contained within. Besides blue for the XT model, the PowerColor X1900 series includes XTX and CrossFire Edition models in red and yellow boxes, respectively.
There’s a list of system requirements on one of the box’s sides. One requirement says you need a power supply capable of providing a current of 30A on the +12V rail. You will often see not one but several specified max currents – each much lower than 30A – on the label of a modern power supply, for each of its +12V outputs. Don’t worry about that. There is actually only one +12V power rail inside the PSU, but it is divided into several +12V outputs to comply with a safety regulation that demands that the current on each user-accessible output was not higher than 20A.
So, your power supply should only provide a combined load of at least 30A on the +12V rail. This recommendation doesn’t look excessive considering the high level of power consumption of R580-based graphics cards.
Inside the box, the following items can be found:
- Installation guide
- User manual
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
- VIVO splitter (S-Video and RCA)
- YPbPr splitter
- External power splitter
- S-Video cable
- RCA cable
- CD with drivers
- CD with CyberLink software
No extras here, although we guess at least one modern game would be appropriate. This is in fact the standard set of accessories for PowerColor’s graphics cards and this explains to some extent their lower price.
The voltage regulator deserves a few additional words. The power adapter has a Molex connector on one end and a 6-pin PCI Express connector on the other (the GeCube Radeon X1900 XTX comes with a “dual-headed” adapter, for example, you can read more about it in our review called GeCube Radeon X1900 XTX Graphics Card Review). Well, you may not need this adapter at all considering that almost all new power supplies offer a dedicated power connector for the graphics card, but it is required if your PSU lacks one.
The other accessories from the PowerColor X1900 XT package are standard and we have no complaints about their quality.