Looking at the box, you can see some of the big features. It supports 7.1 channel audio (over the HDMI connection), has 512MB GDDR4 VRAM, and has an ‘ultra silent’ heatsink fan rated for less than 20 dBA, which is just amazing for a video card fan.
The bundle that comes with this card is a little slim, but for good reason. It doesn’t supply any converters due to the variety of onboard connectors already there and it does not have the usual molex-PCIe power connector as again, none is needed since it takes its power from the PCIe slot alone. The user manual is pretty standard: how to install the card after removing an existing one, a small section for troubleshooting, and everything offered in 7 languages. The only thing that the manual, and any user manual I’ve seen, is missing is the driver installation and driver updating, as this is what many end-users get hung up on after all. Of the discs provided, there is the driver disc (of course) for those who want drivers they know will work. Catalyst 8.10 is what came on this disc. Another is Ruby ROM which holds three game demo’s (Call of Juarez, Dungeon Runners, and John Woo Presents: Stranglehold), several high resolution wallpapers for ATI graphics (oddly, advertising the HD2000 series) and AMD Processors among others, a screensaver, and a couple of other apps. Also included in the bundle are Cyberlink’s PowerDVD and DVD Suite for those who use the card as an htpc — these discs will come in very handy. Also included in the bundle are the trademark ‘Powered by Sapphire’ sticker and Crossfire bridge.