NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Versus ATI Radeon HD 4890Thu, Apr 02, 2009 - 1:00 AM
The ASUS Retail Box and Bundle
ASUS has a pair of Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards coming to market: the EAH4890 (standard reference clocks) and the EAH4890 TOP (overclocked edition). The card that ASUS sent out to us is the standard EAH4890, but that doesn’t mean it is going to be a lame duck when it comes to performance. This card comes with what they are calling ‘Voltage Tweak’. This means that this card comes with ASUS’s SmartDoctor utility that now has the ability to change the GPU voltages for extreme overclocking. Since we were very time limited for this review we will do a follow up article on overclocking to see just how far we can push this design and utility.
Opening up the retail box you find a very nice set of boxes inside. It made me feel like I was opening up a box of fine chocolates to be honest. These aren’t just regular old cardboard boxes – these are ribbed for your pleasure!
Once you open all the boxes you will find driver and utility discs, an HD component output dongle, an S-Video to Composite adapter, a CrossFire bridge connector, a dual 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCI Express power adapter, and DVI to VGA and HDMI (with audio) adapters.
The last thing that was inside the box that was a bit strange if you ask me was a small 8.5″ by 7″ leather mouse pad. Actually, it is faux leather fabric and it reminds me of the back of my Blackberry Bold to be honest. Not sure gamers are going to want a small faux leather mouse pad, but what the heck I’ll roll with it.