eVGA’s gone the fiery red route for box
color and has adorned it with NVIDIA’s latest demo personalities Dusk and
Vulcan. The features are emblazoned atop the box so you know what you’re getting
yourself when you ask the clerk to get you that pretty box in the display. ;)
The backside of the box sports the specs
of the 5950 Ultra, as well as mentioning the extras that arrive with the unit. eVGA
continues to seal their packaging with their QA stickers to ensure all the
contents have remained untouched from the factory. The card’s serial number can
also be matched with the box, ensuring the proper unit remains in its box if
Opening the box revealed a blue support
sticker upon which eVGA informs the customer to immediately contact them in case
of any troubles with the card and not return it to the store, hence eliminating
the middleman in a troubleshooting situation. The components are tightly packed
and secured within the box to eliminate and mishaps that may occur during
shipping. I've seen similar transparent packaging being adopted by motherboard
manufacturers as well. It's a step up from having the card in a static-proof bag
held in place by pieces of cardboard .
The card arrives with an S-Video cable
as well as a VIVO cable capable of input or output in both S-Video and Composite
format. A DVI-to-VGA dongle is also included should you require it. The folder
contains the manuals and the various CDs that ship with the e-GeForce FX 5950
Ultra. There’s the obligatory driver CD (which has Detonator Driver Version
52.13 as well as the most recent VIVO drivers and eVGA’s ADM installation
software), the Demo CD (GeForce FX demos, America’s Army, Windows Blinds with
eVGA skin), Cyberlink
PowerDirector Pro 2.5 ME, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon (full version) and NVIDIA’s
NVDVD 2.0 player (full version).
Manuals & CDs
Describing a video card with much detail is quite the task, so I’ll let the pictures
do the talking.
Yep, that's one finely crafted cooling unit attached to the 5950 Ultra. It
looks like the GeForce 5800 Ultra leaf blower... but does it sound like one?