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Saturday, April 8th, 2006
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I managed to obtain a 7900 GT from a company called Antares Digital in New Jersey. Ordered it yesterday (Thursday). I tried every reputable vendor I could find, and there were no 7800 GT's or 7900 GT's in stock. These guys only had two reviews on reseller ratings (both positive), but I had a good gut feeling about them, so I went with it.

They responded not too much later with a confirmation note that looked like it was written by a human, and informed me that they'll have it shipped out later the same day. Sure enough, a couple hours later, I got my tracking number in another non-form-resembling letter. And by virtue of them being only one state away, I had this huge box in my hands this (Friday) afternoon!

Now if only my motherboard order from Newegg wasn't stuck in a UPS warehouse in Philly...


ASUS 7900 GT box with Sharpie for scale ASUS 7900 GT box with Sharpie for scale
This graphics card comes in the biggest box I've ever seen. It has a plastic handle on the top! The actual card takes up probably 1/7 or 1/8 of the area when you open it.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2006-04-08 04:27 am (UTC)
And here I was thinking that the current trend in game packaging (smaller) might be part of an industry-wide thing...
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-04-08 04:32 am (UTC)
There is actually a big empty spot in this box where they ran out of manuals, CDs, and cables to put in. I would have put a bag of chips in that spot.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2006-04-08 04:37 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly endorse this "bag of chips" policy.
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From: monthigos
2006-04-08 04:40 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, how many molex connectors does that behemoth require?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-04-08 04:49 am (UTC)
Heh, you guessed correctly that PCI express power isn't enough for this. It actually comes with a weird 6-pin power connector (and adapter). Apparently my power supply isn't new enough to have one of those.
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From: monthigos
2006-04-08 05:29 am (UTC)
Heh, well I figured since mine take two molex connectors (with an adapter, I've got the 6-pin connector as well), yours would have at least two, if not more.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2006-04-08 06:18 am (UTC)
I guess they think that if you drop more money on a graphics card then yuppies will drop on an ipod you should be rewarded with extra cardboard. Personally I don't think thats extreme enough. It should be shipped in its own Xtreme packaging system. Which of course would be cardboard with a lot of X's on the side.
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[User Picture]From: jzig
2006-04-08 07:19 am (UTC)
Your graphics card is leeter than mine :(
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[User Picture]From: zombie_bites
2006-04-08 12:54 pm (UTC)

ooh pretty

by the same token i'd figure you know this, so since customer support is being really slow let me ask you:

i've been looking at new motherboard/cpu combos and a new case with better ventalation, but so far all the motherboards i've found (Even though they're ATX) have the mic/speaker jacks aligned parallel (horizontally) with the mouse and keyboard and usb ports as opposed to being perpendicular (vertical) like every single case that i've seen, my case, and my motherboard.

is this going to be a problem, or can i manually fix the jacks myself?

thanks
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-04-08 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: ooh pretty

You won't be able to rearrange the jacks, but the motherboard should come with a new IO plate to replace the one on your case with the vertical spaces.
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[User Picture]From: zombie_bites
2006-04-08 08:55 pm (UTC)

Re: ooh pretty

thanks, that makes me feel better :)
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