eVGA uses a fairly simple box design for all their cards, focusing on the manufacturer's brand and the chipset in place. Also highlighted on the box is eVGA's popular 90 day Step-Up program, which allows owners of the cards to trade-in their video card for a more powerful card within 90 days of purchase and only pay the difference.
I appreciate the fact that eVGA continues to display the serial number of the card through a window on the backside of the box and on the outside of the box. This reduces the possibility of product switcheroo.
eVGA GeForce 285 GTX SSC Edition
The 285 GTX heatsink follows the same look and feel we've been seeing with the latest generation of video cards from NVIDIA.
One notable difference between the 280 GTX and the 285 GTX is the heatsink no longer covers the backside of the circuit board. This is attributed to the fact that all the memory now resides on the front of the card, rather than both the back and front as was previously the case. This is sure to be a welcome change to all enthusiasts looking to upgrade the cooling solution or move to water-cooling, as all the retention screws securing the heatsink to the card are easily accessible.
The card ships with a DVI-to-VGA adapter, 2 Molex to 6pin PCI Express power adapters, an S/PDIF cable and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. The S/PDIF cable, connected close to the power connections, allows the cards to pull audio from an internal S/PDIF audio output, allowing audio and video to be transmitted over the HDMI cable.
It's great to see manufacturers including the little extras that allow for the full use of the available hardware. Also included with every eVGA video card is their exclusive Precision overclocking utility, which Mike examined in detail here.
eVGA offers a lifetime warranty, provided the card is registered within 30 days of the sale. A distinction in terms of the warranty is that it still applies even after the heatsink is removed. eVGA also provides 24/7 tech support via phone to their customers.