Package and Accessories
The Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2 comes into retail in a standard box that easily fits into an ordinary plastic bag. The box is quite originally designed in lively yellow-orange-and-gold colors.
It looks aesthetic enough. The face side of the box tells you the key specs of the graphics card. You should know, however, that the caption about the card’s having 1GB of onboard memory is somewhat misleading. The GeForce 9800 GX2 has two GPUs, which means two memory banks, 512MB each. Due to architectural reasons, 3D applications can only access 512 megabytes of memory. The promise of a low noise level is not true, either. The GeForce 9800 GX2 is rather noisy under load.
Inside the thin wrapper, there is the main cardboard box. It is filled with foam rubber in which compartments are cut out for the graphics card and its accessories. Thus, the card is securely protected against possible damage during transportation or storage. Besides it, there are the following accessories in the box:
- Two DVI-I→D-Sub adapters;
- Internal S/PDIF cable;
- HDMI cable;
- 2xMolex→1x6-pin PCIe adapter;
- 2x6-pin PCIe→1x8-pin PCIe adapter;
- Brief installation manual;
- CD disk with drivers;
- CD disk with CyberLink DVD;
- DVD disk with Lost: Via Domus game.
The accessories are not gorgeous, yet the manufacturer took care about the user including even an adapter for the 8-pin power connector if your PSU doesn’t offer an appropriate plug. It’s also nice to see a 2m HDMI cable in the box. It would cost you up to $40 if purchased separately. The user manual contains just the basic info about the installation of the card, but that should be enough for a majority of gamers.
Besides everything else, the box contains a copy of Lost: Via Domus also known as Lost: The Video Game. The game is based on the highly popular TV series. You play the role of amnesia-ridden Elliott Maslow, a character who was not seen in the original series, and you have to remember your past and find the way to escape from the mysterious island. The game doesn’t feature exceptional visuals or an outstanding gameplay, yet it is a top-class title indeed. The popularity of the original TV series plays into Zotac’s hand, too.
The packaging and accessories of the Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2 deserve our praises. The card is securely packaged and is accompanied with every accessory necessary including a couple of nice bonuses, a copy of Lost: The Video Game and a HDMI cable. Unfortunately, like many other manufacturers, Zotac does not include a software player for Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies although the decoding and post-processing of high-definition video is a strong point of the G92 processor and the GeForce 9800 GTX card.