VisionTek Radeon HD 4870
Package and Accessories
The box with the VisionTek’s card is designed in an austere style, too. But unlike with the Club 3D product, it is more traditional: the front panel shows a picture of an alien resembling the Protoss race from StarCraft.
As a matter of fact, this creature comes from the sci-fi role-play game Mass Effect as is indicated by the sticker in the bottom right corner. Alas, it only says that the graphics card is an ideal choice for playing that game but the game itself is not included. The caption reporting the amount of graphics memory may remind you of the popular Call of Duty series of games but none of them can be found in the box either.
The packaging doesn’t offer any additional protection for the card. The latter is wrapped into an antistatic pack and lies in a cardboard tray within the smaller box. There is a compartment in that box that contains the following:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- CrossFire bridge
- S-Video → YPbPr/Composite universal splitter
The accessories are no better than those of the Club 3D HD 4870. There is no user manual or CD with drivers, let alone any bonuses. Instead, there is an adapter for display devices that lack HDMI or VGA interfaces. You will hardly need it in the year of 2008.
Well, these accessories are not those you are going to receive with the off-the-shelf card. According to the manufacturer’s website, the box will contain at least a user manual and a disc with drivers. You will also probably get power adapters (Molex → 6-pin PCI Express) that will come in handy if your PSU has only one graphics card connector or no such connector at all.
Anyway, we guess the accessories to the card are only satisfactory. The potential customer may be misled by the mention of Mass Effect which is actually not included. The box design is nice and appealing but doesn’t match the nobleness of Club 3D’s design.