Asus ROG Crosshair IV Extreme - Hands on Preview
Published: 8th September 2010 | Source: Asus |
Much like the CH4 Formula, the Extreme comes in a crimson box with carry handle. As always, the Republic of Gamers lineup has its own marketing formula and so it comes to no surprise that its packaging looks nothing like the rest of the Asus range.
The box itself appears much larger than conventional Asus Motherboard packaging. Is this just marketing tactics or is there actually more inside? Lets fine out...
Opening from the top of the box reveals two further boxes, one containing the board itself, the other containing the accessories. Just to be a pest, we'll start off with the boring box...
For those who have had the pleasure fo travelling in Business or First Class on long haul flights, you would know that you tend to be given a plethora of amenities to complement your excessively elaborate meals and seating arrangements. Noise cancelling headphones, premium toothpaste and brush, perhaps even a shaving kit are often part of the package.
Likewise, those who buy into ultra high end system components should expect the same treatment.
Inside the accessory box, you will find as many SATA cables as there are ports, additional external USB and Firewire ports, Bluetooth and USB connectivity for ROG Connect, a hefty user manual and a fancy sticker for your system chassis.
Perhaps it is a little naive to be excited about accessories. After all, cables must cost pennies surely? Regardless, it is the initiative that counts and for this, we highly commend Asus.
So you've seen the accessories. How about the board..?