Date: May 31st, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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For around US$475-$500, you will receive the following.
The included paperwork is comprised of a quick startup guide to guide you through your initial install if this is your first time along with a Crossfire power supply requirement paper. Sapphire also kicked in a case sticker. To some the sticker means nothing, but you would be amazed to hear how many times I have heard gamers complaining that one is not included with their new card.
As with any videocard, you will receive a driver and software CD which include the necessary overclocking software to get you up and gaming. Now with this model, the software package is little "above and beyond" others which I personally greatly respect. Now whether or not this will represent the retail product is something that is bouncing around in my head.
For instance, there are two versions of PowerDirector and PowerDVD in this software pack. Why two versions are included is beyond me. Be assured when you buy you will at least get one version. On another note, instead of two version of PowerDVD with two channel support, why not just have one version with full surround six channel. I assume that a consumer buying this high end of a card will have 5.1 soundcard in most cases and including a full DVD software package will definitely impress their buyers. It is those little things that brings a buyer back for their next purchase.
The hardware bundle is equally as impressive.
It includes the following:
- Power Adapter for the videocards mandatory power connection
- HDTV Output Dongle
- VIVO (Video In / Video Out) Dongle
- Two VGA to DVI Converters (YAY! Someone finally clued in that this is the perfect setup for any dual monitor configuration!)
- S-Video Cable
- Composite Video Cable
Everything is covered and I tip my hat to Sapphire in making sure that no consumer is left out when it comes to using this card and its abundant capabilities.
And for the first time we have a X1900xtx gracing the test table and if I might be so bold, it is quite a good looking videocard. And one other thing to start you off, this card is BIG too. This card will span the PCI Express slot and reach all the way across and only come short by under an inch of spanning the whole motherboard. Make sure you have this card well fastened in your case and take care when transporting this heavy beast anywhere. As the old saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall and this card will not fall gracefully without taking another component with it.
More on this card on the next page.