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ECS Hydra and Zotac Zone

Interesting liquid-cooled 9800 GTX / GTX+ solutions for PC enthusiasts.

October 24, 2008



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Bundles

The basic bundle must include the following items: User's Manual, CD with drivers and utilities, DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HMDI adapters, component output (TV-Out) adapter, external power splitters, and an audio cable to plug to a sound card (for audio HDMI feature). And now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.


ECS Hydra 9800 GTX+ 2x512MB

As the cooling system is very large, this kit is shipped disassembled, so the box contains lots of components along with the basic bundle. The box also includes an external cooling block with splitters, a bottle with coolant (water with corrosion-preventing additives), as well as dispenser to add liquid to the cooling system without removing the external block. The bundle itself matches the basic package, plus a modern game as a bonus.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX Zone Edition 512MB
As the cooling system is shipped assembled, the bundle includes only what usually comes with a graphics card -- basic bundle with a game as a bonus.

Boxes


ECS Hydra 9800 GTX+ 2x512MB

A huge heavy box with a handle, all bundled components are arranged into foamed polyurethane compartments.

Design of the box is not important here, because such box attracts attention immediately, and it does not look like it holds two cards inside. It's just they have a common cooler.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX Zone Edition 512MB

A large box with the assembled kit (card and cooling system). But this box is four times as small as the previous one.

All bundled components are arranged into compartments inside. The glossy jacket has a window to show the card.



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