Date: April 9th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Chaintech USA
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For the approximate price of around US$170-$190 you will receive....
The product box is very similar to the FX5600 Ultra and very sturdy with every component having excellent protection during shipping or transportation.
As with any videocard, you will receive a user's manual to walk you through your hardware and software installation. Installation of this card was extremely painless as long as you connected all the cables appropriately.
Also contained are the following:
- S-Video cable
- Composite cable
- SV to AV cable
- DVI-I to VGA Adapter
- Power Cable (Make sure you connect this cable when installing)
- Q Ball (Monitor Cleaner)
The software suite is amazing and has everything from a full version game to the full WinCinema DVD suite.
- Driver Pack
- WinProducer 3.0
- WinDVD 6 Channel
- WinDVD Creator
- Commandos 3 (Full version)
- Game Pack (5 in 1)
As you can very well see, this software suite alone is worth over US$100 and adds even more value to an already great mainstream product.
And now you will have the ability to install this beautiful piece of computer hardware. Chaintech's colors have lately been black and metallic gold and look great. Once you pop this videocard out of the box, I guarantee you will like it. You will also realize that this card is not a lightweight by any means. Heavy is good in my books and usually relates to heavier materials used in the heatsink construction. But I am not going to let the cat out of the bag quite yet, that will be saved for the next page.