Packaging and Contents
If there was one word that I could use to describe the packaging of the Rampage II Extreme, it would have to be 'loud'. Featuring a Magenta-ish and white theme, there's an extremely remote chance that you're going to miss this on a retailer's shelf. On the front of the box, ASUS has included a fractal-style graphics in the now familiar Republic Of Gamers (ROG) colours. There is also the ROG logo present in the top left-hand corner. At the bottom right, there are a collection of smaller logos illustrating the predominant technologies included in the ASUS Rampage II Extreme. One logo I never thought that I would see on an Intel motherboard was an SLI one.
It appears that ASUS have made a move away from their traditional packaging of the ROG motherboards, and done away with the fold-out lid that provides the prospective purchaser with a glimpse of the motherboard contained within. On the rear of the packaging, ASUS has clearly laid out the features of the Rampage II Extreme. Upon opening the top of the box, we were greeted by two secondary boxes, which look really classy in dark Grey I might add.
Opening up the accessories box, we are greeted by a fairly typical ROG bundle. All of the bundle extras are neatly presented in compartmentalised sections within the box. Although I have noticed the omission of any of ASUS' snap-on fans that they include with most of their motherboard packages. Interesting!
Furthermore, ASUS has seen fit to include 4x SATA cables (two straight and two right angled) along with a 4-pin molex to SATA power cable.
Now here's something that I would never have expected to see in an Intel-based bundle - a flexible SLI bridge and 3-way SLI bridge. For those with the need to have maximum graphics firepower on tap, the inclusion of these connectors heralds the new age of SLI on Intel chipsets.
The ASUS Q-Shield remains in the bundle, and it is a welcome sight I must admit. Gone are the days of having to deal with those pesky pins on the back of the I/O shield when installing your motherboard.
As with all ROG motherboards, ASUS has included their LCD Poster for adjusting voltages on-the-fly and monitoring POST messages during booting. Rounding off the basic bundle, ASUS has included a motherboard manual in the same theme as the outer packaging and the finger/time/sanity saving Q-Connectors.
Now here is a something that should keep the tweakers/overclockers and voltage junkies extremely happy - it's the ProbeIt patch cables. These cables allow you to connect to any one of the eight, yes eight, voltage detection points on the ASUS Rampage II Extreme with a volt meter and measure the voltage.
As with all ASUS ROG motherboards, the ASUS Rampage II Extreme also features the SupremeFX daughter-board. The SupremeFX features Creative Labs' X-FI technology and provides 7.1 sound.
Well that rounds-off the packaging and contents, so let's head over the page to reveal the ASUS Rampage II Extreme in detail...