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Gigabyte GV-3D1-7950-RH Graphics Card

Package and Accessories

The second GeForce 7950 GX2 we are going to use in this review is Gigabyte’s GV-3D1-7950-RH card, so let’s have a closer look at it. Note that the symbols 3D1 denote a dual-processor design by analogy with GV-3D1-68GT.

The package of the card should be familiar to you if you’ve read our previous reviews of Gigabyte’s products. It is oriented vertically:

The box is decorated alike to the package of the Gigabyte GV-NX79X512DB except for the colors. Red is traditionally associated with ATI Technologies, which might be confusing if it were not for the large caption “GeForce 7950 GX2”. Among the logotypes denoting various capabilities of the GV-3D1-7950-RH there is a white rectangle with the words “Windows Vista Ready”. The GeForce 7950 GX2 is based on ordinary G71 chips, so this label probably means that the card comes with appropriate WGF-supporting drivers.

Besides the GV-3D1-7950-RH card itself, there are the following things in the box:

  • User manual
  • Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
  • Adapter to connect additional power
  • Video output unit
  • CD with drivers
  • CD with CyberLink PowerDVD 6
  • DVD with Serious Sam 2

This is a surprisingly scanty set of accessories for a premium-class solution. We hadn’t expected Gigabyte to be as gorgeous as ASUS is with some of its products, yet we did hope to find more and newer games or some useful trifle like a gamepad.

Well, not all users are actually interested in the accessories they can get with a graphics card. Most are quite satisfied with the standard set including everything necessary just to use the purchased product. This standard set is indeed enclosed with the Gigabyte GV-GV-3D1-7950-RH and the user manual is written well, telling you all the info you may need, particularly how to enable SLI mode and update the graphics card’s BIOS. The manual also provides a list of compatible mainboards. A curious fact: the illustration in the manual’s SLI-related section shows a pair of GV-3D1-7950-RH cards connected with a standard MIO bridge, which is in fact a quad-SLI configuration. This is quite a clear indication that it’s now possible to build quad-SLI systems with your own hands!

 
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