The retail packaging on the XFX GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card is car themed with the GeForce 9 series number made from car parts. The air filter and carb fiber racing muffler with blue flames coming out looks pretty sweet. The core clock frequency and bundled game are clearly labeled on the front of the box, so you know what you are getting before you open the box.
The rear of the packaging lists more features and lists the features of the card for both gameplay and a premium home theatre experience. The racing car theme is also extended to the rear of the box with what looks like a turbo charger on the top left corner.
The bundle included with the XFX GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB video card includes two DVI-to-VGA adapters, DVI-to-HDMI adaptor. two 6-pin PCI Express power adapters, SPDIF audio cable, S-Video cable and installation instructions. The Driver disc included NVIDIA Forceware drivers and some other software like CoolBits for unlocking overclocking features. Also included is the full DVD version of THQ’s Company of Heroes and another disc that includes the DirectX10 game update, which is worth using since you just purchased a DirectX 10 ready graphics card. The PC version of Company of Heroes runs $19.90 plus shipping through our price engine. Lastly, the bundle also includes the ‘Do Not Disturb’ door hanger like the other Alpha Dog series cards.
Now that we know what the features of the card are, what the retail box looks like and what comes with it we can look at performance numbers!