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Packaging and Accessories

Sapphire HD 4850 X2 2G/1G GDDR3

Sapphire’s card comes in a small box that is about the same length as the graphics card itself. You can easily put this box into a plastic bag, so the lack of a carry handle won’t be a nuisance. Designed in blue tones, with a metallic effect and raised labels, the box is attractive even though the picture of a superficially dressed girl armed with two katana and accompanied with the slogan Prepare to Dominate looks trivial.

The marketing thought does dominate over the reality here as the box shows a “2GB GDDR3” sticker. Well, this is no lie, formally speaking, because the card does carry two sets of memory chips, 1024MB each. But being a homogeneous multi-GPU solution, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 can only offer 1GB of graphics memory to user applications (memory data are duplicated for the two GPUs). The “4x Display Support” caption means that this card can work with four monitors simultaneously. We will discuss this capability shortly.

The packaging doesn’t provide any special protection for the card. There is a plain cardboard box insider the colorful wrapper. The Sapphire HD 4850 X2 is packed into a thick blister wrap and lies at the top part of the box. The bottom part is occupied by another box containing the card’s accessories. The list is quite extensive:

  • DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
  • DVI-I → HDMI adapter
  • Mini-DIN → YPbPr adapter
  • Mini-DIN → Composite adapter
  • 1x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapter
  • 2x4-pin Molex → 1x8-pin PCIe adapter
  • Brief user’s manual
  • Sapphire logo sticker for the system case
  • CD disk with drivers
  • CD disk with CyberLink PowerDVD 7
  • CD disk with CyberLink DVD Suite
  • CD disk with 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition
  • DVD disk with Ruby ROM Volume 1.1 game

The accessories are good for this price category but we don’t like the outdated version of PowerDVD which doesn’t provide full-featured support for high-definition video, although supports H.264 decoding. The DVD Suite contains older versions of applications, too, but it may be found useful by users who don’t work with HD video. The included version of Futuremark 3DMark Vantage is a full-featured one because the only difference of the Advanced Edition and Professional Edition licenses is that the former does not permit a commercial usage of the software. An ordinary user can hardly use 3DMark Vantage for commercial purposes anyway. The Ruby ROM disc is rather a piece of advertising. Besides AMD’s exclusive wallpapers and screensavers, it contains demo versions of Call of Juarez and Stranglehold, a full version of the MMORPG Dungeon Runners, a trial version of the virtual globe Earthsim, and the GameShadow tool. The latter can help you organize your installed games into a single collection with the options of updating them, getting info about new games, etc.

We don’t have any gripes about the adapters and cables. The kit contains everything necessary to use the card even if your PSU lacks any PCI Express connectors. Well, we don’t think there are PSUs capable of delivering the required current over the +12V rail but not having at least one graphics card connector. So, the accessories to the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 2G/1G GDDR3 are good overall. They would be even perfect if the manufacturer included a video player with HD content support and some popular game.

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