ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard
Published: 19th February 2010 | Source: ASUS | Price: around £250 |
ASUS are regularly a company who provide some of the best looking packaging we experience and as part of their high-end ROG range we're pleased to see that this tradition continues with the Maximus III.
The front of the box is very nice with a deep red that is the theme for the high-end ASUS items. Often we find that manufacturers can't resist the temptation to give their extreme performance products ridiculous stickers and graphics, so it's good to see a restrained approach taken here. Naturally the ROG logo and board name are the major points, as is the Windows 7 compatibility. A small group of logos to the bottom left cover the rest of the major points for any prospective purchaser and all in all it is an eye-catching design.
Turning the box over we see the usual list of statistics and specifications that adorn the rear of most packaging. However the layout is exceptional and what might otherwise be a bewildering mess of features is kept clear and easy to read. ASUS have wisely chosen to keep the main photographs limited to the features that are more specific to this board than to P55 ones in general and it helps to keep the focus upon these rather that generalities.
Returning to the front we see something we last saw with the ASUS HP-001 headset, a velcro front flap that allows you to view the product in all its glory and still keep it safe in its packaging. How often have we had to sneakily take something out in a store to be able to actually look at it before purchase? No longer. It also, I'm sure not co-incidentally, gives yet more real-estate to advertise the Maximus III Extreme USPs.
A very nice touch.
Thankfully we aren't limited to merely browsing and wishing, so slipping the two boxes out of the main packaging we can take a closer look. Inside are two separate boxes, one containing the motherboard itself covered up by a sturdy plastic sheet that ensures anyone fooling enough to poke the thin plastic visible on the above photos wont make it to the motherboard itself.
The other box contains easily the most comprehensive collection of cables and things we've ever seen, and we shall be looking at those more closely later on.
Time to free the Maximus III Extreme for some naked photographs.