Date: April 16th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire Tech
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As mentioned earlier, the price for this card is a very affordable US$145 and could be considered a very good deal. Even if it doesn't come with much more than just the card, at such an affordable price, I wouldn't complain. But that is "if" it is lacking of any extra goodies which is something Sapphire usually doesn't skimp on.
And even with the lower price tag, they didn't cut corners and included a full version of 3D Mark Vantage, DVD Suite and Power DVD along with your driver CD, power cable, crossfire bridge and the setup manual. Pretty good software pack for an affordable card.
And last out of the box is the card itself. The one thing I noticed first was the large cooler and the second was just how small this card is when compared to some of the ATI cards on the market today. With only 512Megs of memory, an overly large PCB is just not needed. Makes it a great card for smaller cases though and HTPC setups.
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So what does this card have to offer? Let's take a look.
The VPU core is cooled by Sapphire's Vapor-X cooling system which was outlined in the preceding page. The 75mm fan although thin, is very quiet, but still pushes a lot of air when pushed to the limit. But with such an efficient cooler, the fan barely spins up beyond ambient room noise.