Typically when I check out the packaging for a video card or any product really it is focused on just the box itself but with the RTX 4090, Founders Edition even the box that Nvidia sent everything in was unique enough for me to mention it. The cardboard shipping box was sized specifically to fit the RTX 4090 Founders Edition box and it had a pull tab that pulled a stripe all around from three sides. Once that was pulled the box flips open and has this main package with pull-out sides. Each side is an inch thick with a cardboard and foam padding sandwich and inside of all of that the RTX 4090 Founders Edition comes wrapped in tissue paper.
The box for the RTX 4090 Founders Edition is huge, this is 3 or 4 times the size of the standard Nvidia Founders Edition box and they don’t have the silver accent stripes that we saw on the 3000 series cards. The front of the box has a small Nvidia logo up in the top left corner and then the GeForce RTX 4090 branding in a larger silver font. All of that is over top of the black box which carries on for the top, back, and bottom. The top does have a silver drawing of the hourglass shape that they have used on the last few Founders Editions. The back of the box also has a sticker on it with a list of what is inside, information on support and warranty, and a system specification requirements listing. The sticker also has the serial number and UPC as well as a bunch of the required certification logos as well.
What is unique about this box becomes apparent from the side view where you can see completely through the box. Other than the hard cardboard on the outside the rest of the interior is all corrugated plastic in black and on both sides you have this strip with instructions to tear on it to open the box up.
Once you tear the seal, half of the box flips up showing the RTX 4090 Founders Edition sitting in its perfectly cutout shape. The silver accents are here on the inside with hyperspeed-like stripes and you can see that the top half of the box also has the same cutout shape to hold the card. Once open the box forms a triangle shape and it displays the card. Nvidia has done a great job of giving you a little spectacle with their Founders Edition cards but this is to an all-new level and I love it.
Once you pull the card out up under that there is a thick cardboard panel that has a hole in the center. The hole lets you see this small pull tab which has a picture of an adapter and documentation on it. Pulling on that pulls the hard panel and a box out which was hiding behind the RTX 4090 Founders Edition. Inside the box, you have a card with instructions on installing the GPU as well as a QR code for more detailed instructions. There is also a power adapter for the RTX 4090 Founders Edition for anyone who doesn’t have a new PCIe 5.0 compatible power supply. The power adapter is similar to the 3000 series adapters only this one has twice as many plugs attached to it. You have four 8-pin plugs on one end and the new 12-pin connection on the other end. The adapter is sleeved and all blacked out as well.