The packaging adorning the HDAV 1.3 Slim looks professional and interesting without being garish. A large picture of the card is present along with a bright blue label detailing the DTS and Dolby technologies included for the card.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Asus have done a great job with the package inside of the box. Cardboard protects the delicate card inside the package and a compartment below the card houses the cables and bundle included.
A decent package even when sitting on a retail shelf, the card is sure to stand out and will give you all the information you need when deciding whether to purchase the card.
Asus have provided the basics needed to use the HDAV 1.3 Slim, let's see what we have:
• DVI-D to HDMI cable
• Half height PCI back-plate
• Back-plate screws
• Digital Toslink to S/PDIF adaptor
• HDMI cable (0.5 Metre)
• Quick Start Guide
• Driver Disc
• ArcSoft Total Media Theatre
Everything is there to get you going, including an HDMI cable, albeit a very short HDMI cable.
The Asus HDAV 1.3 slim is a non-descript looking card when compared to it's big brother. With no EMI shielding (which is of debatable value anyway) and a half height form factor, the HDAV 1.3 Slim doesn't boast much in the way of DACs or high end power handling either.
The card features Asus's AV200 that we've seen on other digital cards from Asus. This chip features full HDCP 1.2 support and can output fully uncompressed HD Audio at 24.5 Mb/sec, currently the HDAV 1.3 Slim is the only card on the market that can do this.