Package and Accessories
The packaging of the Toxic HD 4850 is much different from that of Sapphire’s non-Toxic card we reviewed earlier. It is designed in a simple and restrained way, indicating the elite character of the product. The box looks stylish and expensive.
There is a pseudo-holographic picture on the box that is barely visible under normal conditions but stands out clear under bright lighting. Still, we guess this design is not as good as the stern laconism of Club3D products, for example. The front panel of the box tells you all the necessary technical information, mentioning the pre-overclocked frequencies. The exact GPU and memory frequencies of the card are not reported, though. It is also clear that the card comes with a Zalman VF900 cooler whose design and capabilities will be discussed later on.
The quality and protective properties of the packaging are okay. The main box is made from think cardboard and its fragile contents are protected with thick sheets of wavy foam-rubber. The graphics card is additionally packed into a blister wrap and is thus safeguarded against any possible hazards during storage and transportation. The box isn’t large. It can easily fit into a standard plastic bag. We found the following accessories included with the card:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- DVI-I → HDMI adapter
- Universal YpbPr/Composite splitter
- S-Video/Composite adapter
- Crossfire bridge
- Molex → 6-pin PCI Express adapter
- User’s manual
- CD disk with drivers and electronic version of the user’s manual
- Disk with full version of Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
- Disk with CyberLink PowerDVD 7
- Disk with CyberLink DVD Suite
- AMD Ruby ROM Volume 1.1 disk
- Sapphire logo sticker for the system case
So, the kit contains everything you need to use the graphics card’s features: a set of adapters, a user manual, and even software for playing HD video. As for the included discs, the DVD Suite contains software for editing and recording video. It may be useful for people who are going to install the card into a home entertainment center. 3DMark Vantage doesn’t need our recommendations. The Ruby ROM disc contains demos of various games and exclusive screensavers from AMD.
It is impossible to find fault with the packaging or accessories of the Sapphire Toxic HD 4850. Both are top quality, making this product an example for other graphics card makers. Now let’s check out the design of the card for any special traits.