Retail Box & Bundle
Looking at the top of the retail box you can see the expected things such as support for HDMI, Dual-Link DVI, Certified for Windows Vista, and HDTV use. On the right you can see the Arctic Cooling logo above basic card specs, and also see in the top left a badge which states: “All series using Solid State Capacitors” with a “Life expectancy (MTBF) of >50,000 Hours” which equals a little over five and a half years, which is far longer than 95% of consumers will use it, so props to AXLE there.
On the back, there are several graphics for flash and little else, with a “key features” list on the right hand side. Finally, the 6 paragraphs toward the top of the box quickly explain a little history about AXLE in different languages. The list of features includes:
- Unified shader architecture
- Scalable link architecture
- High definition video playback
- Two dual-link DVI output
- High definition 1080p display support
- Dual-link HDCP capable
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- OpenGL 2.1 support
When you first open up the box, you will see basically the graphics card itself in its antistatic bag with a few pieces of thin foam rolled up to keep it from moving around.
Under the card you find the English-only User manual and simple installation guide with 6 languages, as well as a driver disk tucked inside the manual. The manual, oddly, details the feature set of the GeForce 7, 8, and 9 series cards, and shows brief driver installation instructions. I’m not entirely sure why it details features of the previous three generations of cards; it’s just irrelevant is all.
Upon firing up the included driver disk, you notice that it is a bare bone disk with nothing other than video drivers for Vista or XP.