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GeForce 9800 GT and 9500 GT Graphics Cards

From ECS, Galaxy, Palit, and Zotac.

September 25, 2008



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Bundles

A basic bundle should include: user's manual, software CD, DVI-to-VGA adapter, DVI-to-HMDI adapter (9800GT only), component (TV-out) adapter, external power splitter (9800GT and Galaxy 9500GT only), and a HDMI cable for connecting a soundcard (9800GT only). Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.


ECS GeForce 9800 GT (Fan Edition) 512MB
ECS GeForce 9800 GT (Pipe Edition) 512MB

Basic bundle plus Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (game). Besides, Pipe-Edition card also comes with two fans for the passive cooler.

ECS GeForce 9500 GT 512MB

Basic bundle.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GT AMP! Edition 512MB

Basic bundle plus a modern game as a bonus (XIII Century: Death or Glory).

Zotac GeForce 9500 GT AMP! Edition 512MB

The same bundle, but no game.

Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclocked 512MB
Basic bundle plus an external power cable. Besides, the bundle includes a familiar utility for system overclocking and monitoring -- Xtreme Tuner.

Palit GeForce 9800 GT Sonic 512MB
The bundle lacks a DVI-to-HMDI adapter and an audio cable to plug to a sound card (audio HDMI). There is also a bonus -- a relatively old game Tomb Raider: Anniversary.


Packages


ECS GeForce 9800 GT (Fan Edition) 512MB

A large vertical cardboard box with a glossy jacket. The entire bundle is arranged into compartments, the card itself is secured well.

But there is one serious drawback: there are NO LABELS on the box saying that it's a Fan Edition. Just the model name on the bar code features letter "F" and that's it.

ECS GeForce 9800 GT (Pipe Edition) 512MB

The same package. The same drawback -- only a tiny suffix in the codename of the product indicates that the card comes with a passive cooler. Both cards were bought in a retail store in transparent packaging. That is we cannot say that the problem exists because these are engineering samples.

ECS GeForce 9500 GT 512MB

A small vertical box with a pocket inside to hold the card. Bundled components are just scattered in the box.

Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclocked 512MB

A usual package: a glossy dark-blue jacket with a box made of white cardboard inside. All bundled components are arranged into compartments. The card is secured well in its compartment.

Palit GeForce 9800 GT Sonic 512MB

Traditional bright glossy box with a holographic design with a bevelled top edge. This box is used for many cards from Palit, the company just sticks labels with product names. The card itself is packed into an individual box, and the other bundled components are arranged into compartments.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GT AMP! Edition 512MB

Traditional design from Zotac -- orange palette, dragon theme. A cardboard box in a jacket, bundled components are arranged into compartments. The card is secured well in its compartment.

Zotac GeForce 9500 GT AMP! Edition 512MB

This package resembles the one from ECS 9500 GT, where the card is stored in a pocket inside the box. Artistic design is identical to the previous model.



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