Asus 5850 TOP Review
Starting as we always do with the external packaging. It's like Christmas, gradually unwrapping layers.
ASUS always impress with their packaging and sure enough they have done so again here. The front of the box has a lovely drawing of a mythological human/wings/panther hybrid next to the 110% speed advertisement. Along with that we have the standard model and manufacturer details and the various badges explaining the feature set.
On the rear we get a good close up of the board and information about the Voltage Tweak and DirectCU parts special to this particular model.
The frontal artwork is carried around on the side as well. Often we find artwork limited to just the front, or generic enough that you don't really notice. With this though it's a very classy looking box. Of course we're far more interested in the contents, so let's take the inside box out.
As always with ASUS it's a very sturdy box adorned with a simple gold ASUS logo. It adds such an air of quality and really heightens our desire to see what treats lay within. Once the main flap is open we find the box that contains the manuals and the smaller one with the cables. With the manual box out the way we get our first glimpse of the card in its static wrappings. But you can wait a moment before we can feast our eyes on that.
Inside the box we find a quick start manual, a PDF disk manual and the driver disk that also contains the ASUS overclocking utilities. Also provided are a Molex to PCI-6, a Crossfire bridge and two DVI adaptors to VGA and HDMI respectively.
One thing I do have to point out though is the manual disk. Not, for once, that any product costing more than a tenner has got a PDF manual because I think we all understand that is so frustrating as to be beyond a joke, but rather the disk itself. Apparently it's a "Muti Language Manual". That doesn't bode well for the quality of the manual within but thankfully it's a small mistake.
So blindingly obvious it's disappointing ASUS didn't pick it up though.
Enough teasing. Let's see what this cooler looks like.