Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3: Package and Accessories
The package design has been revised since previous products from Sapphire. The color scheme has become more restrained and elegant. Big-headed aliens, reminding one of sci-fi B-movies, have vanished from the face side of the box to give way to a redhead relation of Ruby, ATI’s official talisman, and the boastful caption “Prepare to Dominate.” So, the box with the Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 is quite appealing but not gaudy:
There are a couple of inaccuracies on the face side of the box. The card is declared to support 5:1 audio but the RV770 can actually do more. It supports eight-channel audio, in both ordinary and HD formats. And second, the previous generation of ATI’s GPUs already supported Shader Model 4.1. Of course, it is supported by the RV770, too.
The stickers inform you of the amount of graphics memory (there is a version of this card with 1 gigabyte of GDDR3 on board) and various bonuses included into the box. The colorful cover envelopes the box proper. Its contents are protected with sheets of foam rubber, and the graphics card is additionally wrapped into a blister pack. The Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 comes with the following accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter
- ATI CrossFire bridge
- User’s manual
- CD disk with drivers
- CD disk with Futuremark 3DMark06
- CD CyberLink PowerDVD 7
- CD CyberLink DVD Suite
- DVD AMD Ruby ROM Volume 1.1
- Sapphire logo sticker for the system case
- 2GB USB flash drive
There is no Molex → 6-pin PCI Express adapter in the box, but that’s not a big problem since most modern PSUs offer at least one 6-pin power plug for your graphics card. The accessories are generous overall, especially for a mainstream product. We wish products from other brands came with as much additional stuff.
We are especially glad to see a full-featured video player supporting HD formats. Such software is but rarely included with graphics cards although playing HD video is the second most important use of a modern graphics card after running games. The DVD Suite disc contains media content processing software you may find useful. The AMD Ruby ROM disc is a kind of promotional as it contains demos of games and ATI’s exclusive screensaver and Desktop wallpapers. And finally, there is a disc with a full version of Futuremark 3DMark06. This benchmark should be familiar to every PC enthusiast.
The 2GB USB flash drive with a Sapphire logo is a nice accessory, too. It may have little to do with 3D graphics but, unlike a web-camera or gamepad, will be surely found useful by everyone. The sticker on the box informs you that it is a limited offer and the USB flash drive may be excluded from the contents of the Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 box.
So, we can find no fault with the packaging or accessories of the described product. Both are high class. We can only hope that other vendors will provide as much accessories with their products as Sapphire does. Even though the accessories do not affect the graphics card’s functioning, it is nice to have them. The brand earns a good reputation by showing such a generous attitude towards the user.
The Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 being a precise copy of the reference card, we won’t discuss its electrical, acoustic and thermal characteristics at length because we did all of that in our review of ATI’s new graphics architecture.