Packaging and Accessories:
The Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB graphics card arrived in the black box shown in the images below. The front and back panels provide information regarding the card's features and specifications; while the graphics provide a new twist on the long running use of a warrior princess to help sell video cards.
The Sapphire website indicates that you might expect the card to be sold in a slightly different package. The image below shows a blue box, but the imagery and information are all about the same.
Inside the box, thick black pieces of foam are used to keep the card safe. Removing the top panel of foam reveals the HD4850 X2 wrapped in an anti-static bag, with Sapphire's typical "stop sign" message reminding you to connect the card to the appropriate power connectors before completing the installation.
Removing the card and all of the foam around it reveals a smaller cardboard box full of accessories. The below left image details the bulk of the items, which include a user's manual, a stack of disks, two power adapters, an s-video to component adapter, an s-video to composite adapter, a DVI to 15-pin VGA adapter, a CrossFire bridge, and a DVI to HDMI adapter. The two power adapters make sure that you can connect to the 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express power connections found on this card. The Sapphire website indicates that at a minimum, a power supply used in a system with this card should be rated for 650W. If you are considering a beast of a video card such as this, please make sure you have already considered a suitable PSU, and that it has the necessary PCI Express power leads built in.
The above right image takes a closer look at the five disks provided, which include a Ruby ROM Volume II disk, a drivers disk, a disk containing FutureMark 3DMark Vantage, a PowerDVD disk, and a DVD Suite disk.The bundle of accessories is rather generous, but as usual there are no games included.