Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SO
Package and Accessories
Gigabyte positions this Radeon HD 5870 as its fastest single-processor RV870-based solution. Its packaging is a matte black box designed in a very austere way.
The text on the box tells you that this is a Super Overclock product. You can read its name and see a Gigabyte logo in silvery letters. Here you can also learn that the card belongs to the Ultra Durable VGA+ series which features top-quality components and that its graphics core has passed a GPU Gauntlet test that guarantees stable operation at the increased clock rate. The various unique technologies employed in the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SO are described on the back of the box. Most of them are useful indeed.
There is another nice-looking box, made from glossy cardboard and embellished with a Super Overclock logo, inside the external one. Inside it there is a foam-rubber tray with the graphics card. This packaging keeps the product safe from transportation dangers. The accessories to the card can be found nearby:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
- Two 2x4-pin PATA → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters;
- Multi-lingual installation guide;
- CD disk with drivers and utilities;
- CrossFire bridge.
Not many things in there for such a highly positioned product but this Radeon HD 5870 is itself unique and exciting. Computer enthusiasts but seldom need such free bonuses as game discs or mouse pads. Everything you need to use the card is included into the box, particularly the Gigabyte OC Guru software on the driver disc. This utility is important for the Super Overclock series as it allows to flexibly control parameters of such graphics cards and keep track of temperatures, voltage regulator phases, power consumption, GPU load, etc.
For all its flexibility, Gigabyte OC Guru is not without downsides. We do not like its interface with the numerical indicators stylized as mechanical counters – these are just hard to read. MSI Afterburner with its RivaTuner-like graphs is much more user-friendly but cannot access the advanced features of the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SO, particularly the GPU voltage adjustment option. The user manual provides a detailed description of the functionality and features of Gigabyte OC Guru, so even inexperienced users shouldn’t have any problems using it.
Thus, we don’t have any serious complaints about the packaging and accessories of the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SO. This product will be conspicuous on a shop shelf. The card itself is protected against any hazards that may occur during transportation and storage and comes with everything you need to use all of its features. Now, let’s take it out of the box and have a closer look at its design.