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Package and Accessories

The packaging of Sapphire’s Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX with liquid-cooling is very big and solid. When you see it, you realize for what you are going to pay your money. And if you are in a retail store, you will quickly locate the Sapphire’s Toxic on the shelves. There an issue with the shelf space for such a large box, however, given that the absolute majority of enthusiast-class hardware is selling through online stores these days, the size of the box is not too critical, even though the shipment cost may be slightly higher compared to typical boxes.

The packaging, in fact, includes two parts: one is made of cardboard and the second one is made of plastic. The cardboard one is pretty attractive and does not contain any game-related characters, e.g., monsters, aliens, warriors, etc. There is kind of psychedelic theme on the package along with the logotypes of Sapphire, ATI and the name of the series: Toxic. By looking at the box, you cannot actually figure out what kind of graphics processor is there, which further implies that there is only going to be one Toxic with liquid-cooling in the lineup.

After the cardboard cover is removed (which is a pretty tricky task, by the way), we see a box made of plastic that actually contains some basic information about the product. We can learn that the new Toxic with liquid-cooling is based on the Radeon X1900 XTX with boosted clock-speed, we can learn some additional facts about the liquid cooling used along with the board and some general information about Avivo, Shader Model 3.0, CrossFire and so on. Sapphire recommends to use 450W power supply with 30A current on 12V rail along with the board.

In order to make sure that the liquid-cooling and the graphics card are not damaged during the transportation, Sapphire packs them into a special transparent container that holds the board and the water-pump very firmly!

Certainly, Sapphire did not forget to include a rich set of accessories along with its top-of-the-range offering. The necessary cables, manuals and discs are packed into a separate box that can be found below the plastic container of the of the graphics card itself. Here is what we have found inside the box:

  • Multilingual user manual
  • Two DVI-I → D-Sub adapters
  • VIVO splitter (S-Video and RCA)
  • YPbPr splitter
  • External power cable
  • S-Video cable
  • RCA cable
  • CD with drivers
  • CD with CyberLink PowerDVD 6
  • CyberLink CD with PowerDirector 4DE, MediaShow 3 Trial, Power2Go 4 Trial, PowerBackUp Trial, MusicMatch
  • Sapphire Select DVD

The product bundle is very similar to that of the Sapphire Radeon X1800 XL, which we considered as a generally good one. But what is nice for the Radeon X1800 XL, may not be enough for the Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX.

For instance, the multilingual user manual is the same as the one supplied with all Sapphire add-in graphics cards. It does say how to install graphics board, but it does not teach end-users how to properly install the water block and what users should know about the liquid cooling in general and proper installation of the Blizzard in particular. Perhaps, it made sense to equip the Blizzard with a special user manual?

There is a good thing about all Sapphires’ high-end graphics card: Sapphire Select DVD, a dual-layer (8GB) disc with four popular games of different genres, from which user can get two and try every one for an hour. The particular DVD features games like Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 , Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 , Richard Burns Rally and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. For typical graphics cards, for which the cost matters, two games seem to be enough, but for the premium class, such as the Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX with liquid-cooling, it would be better to have four games instead of two, or, at least get two top games, such as F.E.A.R. or The Elder of Scrolls IV: Oblivion .

To sum up, Sapphires top-of-the-range offering looks exclusive outside, the Toxic liquid-cooled Radeon X1900 XTX is exclusive when it comes to the graphics card, but the Toxic with liquid cooling is not really exclusive when it comes to the product bundle, something we wish it was. Overall, the product is good, but having a special list of accessories for it would totally bring really mind-blowing experience for the user!

 
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