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Date: December 18th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES



 

PRODUCT COMPOSITION


As mentioned earlier, this videocard/watercooling system come into the market with a US$700 price tag. Though this might seem crazy to some, to the targeted consumer that purchases higher end hardware, usually money is not a concern.




First thing you notice is that this expensive product is not stuffed into an ordinary cardboard box. What it does come in is a full aluminum briefcase for extra flare and to assure the buyer that they just purchased something rather special. As you will see further on into this review, calling this card "special" could be summed up as an insult and a huge understatement. You will see soon what I mean.



Sapphire supplied a rather complete software package complete with DVD creation, playing and burning software along with Sapphire's installation and driver CD. Also included is a user's manual, a Ruby ROM disc and a full version copy of 3DMARK Vantage for testing. Only missing is a game to test the card out with. I personally would do without all the DVD, benchmarking and other software and supply a good game to go with it. Does anyone really use the software included with these packages? Would you prefer a game? I know I would. heck, even throw in Far Cry or something just so we can have something to test right out of the box.


Other than that, you have some case stickers, a user's manual, a quick setup guide, and a large sticker picturing some demonic chick with dreadlocks. That one will be going back into the box and no where near my walls or case.



The hardware kit is equally well equipped and includes an component HD dongle, an HDMI converter adapter, an S-video adapter, a digital to analog monitor adapter, two power cables and a cross-fire bridge. As I said, is is complete, but videocard manufacturers need to throw in TWO digital to analog adapters instead of one seeing a lot of enthusiasts might be using two analog monitor for a dual display setup.


In addition, you have a 6 foot HDMI cable, two 2Gb flash drives and two separate cpu waterblock adapters for AMD and Intel 775 processors. At this time, no LGA1366 adapters are available so plan accordingly. Asetek is the manufacturer of the watercooling system so they should be bringing an update to the market shortly.


But overall, it can be summed up as being a good overall hardware package.



And last out is the complete watercooling system and the videocard. As you can see, the system is actually quite simple with only two power connections no external pump. Everything is charged and maintenance free for the life of the product. Install and forget about it.


But more on that in the upcoming pages.

 

 


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