Package and Accessories
The box with the card has medium width and height but it’s thicker than usual. It is designed in the company’s traditional restrained black-and-green style.
It’s easy to identify the product model: a special sticker tells you it’s an XXX series product. The GPU frequency is mentioned specifically whereas such important parameters as the amount and type of graphics memory and the version of the PCI Express bus are given in small print. Considering that some of Nvidia’s G92-based cards have compatibility problems with PCI Express 1.0/1.0a mainboard, we guess the user should be informed about PCI Express 2.0 support beforehand.
As we noted in an earlier review, the graphics card box from XFX is so thick because the manufacturer wants to protect the card as much as possible against possible damage during transportation and storage. There is a thick layer of foam rubber with cutouts for the graphics card and accessories in the box. Another sheet of foam rubber covers the contents of the box from above. The following accessories are included with the card:
- DVI-I→D-Sub adapter;
- S-Video cable;
- Brief installation guide;
- CD disk with drivers;
- DVD disk with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition game.
People at XFX must think cables and adapters a redundant feature for a gaming graphics card. There is no power adapter even. On the other hand, that’s not a big problem today when every modern PSU offers at least one 6-pin PCI Express 1.0 connector. The gaming positioning of the product is indicated by the funky bonus: an I am Gaming, Do Not Disturb sign for your door handle.
The user manual covers the installation procedure, offers recommendations on how to cool your system case properly, and contains information about the compatibility of mini-DIN connectors for analog video output.
As a special bonus, the box contains a copy of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The game is on the list of benchmarks we use and boasts good visuals. The extremely high system requirements of this application can be relaxed considerably if you lower some settings to the Medium level. This increases the frame rate greatly while having but a small effect on the quality and detailedness of the picture.
So, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition is packaged well, its box being appealing to the eye and protecting the card against possible damage. The accessories might be more numerous, though. We guess a standard adapter from two Molex plugs into one 6-pin PCI Express connector should have been put into the box.