Chaintech GeForce AA6800 Apogee Review - Page 2 of 7
By Jonathan Martini - October 31, 2004
PACKAGING AND CARD PHOTOS
Chaintech's push to retail can be reflective in the relative growth of the size of the box. The dimensions of the box are 18.5" by 13". Its huge size and metallic finish are sure to catch the eye of any passerby. A great benefit of the large box size is that all the items contained within the packaging are extremely well protected.
The box contains three compartments, with the AA6800 Apogee being surrounded entirely by protective foam.
The AA6800 ships with a slew of items such as four feet of S-Video cable, two feet or Composite cable, an S-Video to Composite adapter, a Molex Y-adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, an instruction manual, a Q Ball monitor cleaner, and a case of CDs.
The Q Ball is a handy device that wipes dust from the monitor. The bottom of the Q Ball has a soft, leathery feel, which is great for removing fingerprints from the screen. And some of us know how annoying fingerprints are :)
The software bundle Intervideo's WinDVD 6 Channel, WinDVD Creator, and WinRip, Adobe Photoshop Album SE, Chaintech's Graphics Overclocking System Utility (GOSU), a 5-in-1 game demo CD, and the full version of Commandos 3.
Visible on the backside of the 6800 Apogee is the securing bracket of the cooling mechanism and a consortium of tiny components.
Close-ups of the cooling mechanism display that the GPU is covered in fact with a copper finned heatsink. The copper unit stretches from the fan to the aluminum fins.
The fan's positioning allows it to blow across the fin laden copper heatsink as well as slightly cool the PCB around the GPU.
Yep, the PCI backplate is gold-colored. It's not likely that you'll be seeing much of it, but it's a nice extra piece of bling for the modders out there. ;)