The HIS HD6950 box
HIS have gone with their traditional upright packaging to house their latest high end HD6950. The box is vivid with colour and the depiction of the sword is reminiscent of their Excalibur theme. Their Excalibur branding has always been recognised amongst enthusiasts and represent their seal of high performance. Amidst the beautifully patterned background, HIS have provided several features and benefits of their graphics card. At the top, their logo is displayed with the "Faster, Cooler, Quieter" tagline symbolising their key philosophies. At the bottom, illustrations show a few of the features the card supports including the actual name of the card, the HD6950. We also note that the card sports a 2GB GDDR5 framebuffer, double the amount available on previous AMD single GPU cards. HIS boasts premium support through their online customer support service.
The back of the box and specifications
The patterned theme carries on throughout the box. Turning to the back, the box is rich in information concerning the features of the card. At the top, HIS highlights AMD's Eyefinity and related visuals technologies such as support for DX11 and 3D gaming, dubbed EyeDefinition and EyeSpeed. A table displays all the rest of the key features and their respective benefits to users. Closer to the bottom are small illustrations indicating compliance to HDMI 1.4, OpenGL 3.2, PCIe 2.1, 7.1 audio and several others. The features are clear and easy to read with a gaming feel to appeal to consumers.
A closer look at the back
Looking closer, we see that the new card can support up to 4 monitors using the on-board connectors alone. The card is a reference design and thus all the features and specifications follow AMD's guidelines. Unfortunately, HIS themselves have not bundled anything extra to differentiate their cards from others on the market.
The interior box
Upon opening the main box, we are greeted with another grey box within which the rest of the bundle and graphics card can be found.
Opening the box and the bundle
The top compartment is reserved to the accessories and installation guide. Included are:
- 2 Dual MOLEX-to-6-pin PCIe power cables
- 1 Crossfire Bridge
- 1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
- 1 x Multi-lingual quick-installation guide
- Driver disc
The bundle is fairly mundane and despite 2 mini DisplayPort connectors on the card, no adapters have been provided to ensure compatibility with regular DisplayPort cables.
Getting to the graphics card
Inside the somewhat uninspiring grey box is the much more attractive graphics card, the blue a visually striking design that will no doubt appeal to users. This is secured in a plastic under cover and protected by foam cut out beneath the card.