Packaging and Accessories
Packaging and Accessories
Now that we have gone over the Maximus VIII Extreme features and specifications, it is time to examine the packaging and then crack open the box to take a look at the bundled accessories. Let's check it out:
Similar to previous RoG releases, this model features a predominantly red colour scheme with the RoG logo featured prominently on every side. As ASUS tend to do on pricier motherboards, there is a side flap and a window revealing the motherboard and the OC Panel accessory in all its glory.
The back of the box is plain by comparison, listing the specifications and highlighting a few of this product's unique features. The back of the box also reveals a few of this model's more notable features like the aforementioned OC Panel, the U.2 & SATA Express connectivity, as well as the onboard 802.11ac WiFi. It also contains a basic specs list and shows a representation of the I/O panel in full detail.
When you open the packaging, you are greeted with an inner box that contains two separate sections. The top half holds the motherboard and the OC Panel accessory, both protected by a plastic shield, and the bottom half contains the numerous bundled accessories, software and documentation.
As you would expect from such a high-end motherboard, the Maximus VIII Extreme comes with a sizeable accessories bundle. There is the usual User Guide and installation DVD, as well as some stickers that you can wrap around SATA cables to label individual connections. They have also thrown in a few trinkets like a Republic of Gamers case badge and a handy door hanger to notify would be interlopers that you are in the midst of a gaming sessions. The unusual looking 5.25-inch drive bay that you see here is where you can choose install the OC Panel. What is the OC Panel exactly? Keeping reading!
This is the impressive looking OC Panel II device that we discussed briefly in the introduction. This device has numerous real-time tweaking and monitoring capabilities - as well as a few hidden features - that can be a huge boon to a hardcore overclocker. Aside from the addition of a ReTry button and Safe Boot button, the design and implementation of the OC Panel hasn't changed since we last took an in-depth look at it, so feel free to click here if you want to know more.
Since this motherboard is likely to be used with more than one graphics card, ASUS have included a flexible 2-way SLI bridge and a a flexible 2-way CrossFireX bridge. While the single SLI bridge is fine, you will need two more CrossFire bridges in order to utilize this motherboard's full 4-Way CrossFireX capabilities.
Here we have the sleek black nickel-plated rear I/O shield, the proprietary cable that connects the OC Panel accessory to the motherboard, and the WiFi antenna. This antenna works in conjunction with the ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module that supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with transfer speeds of up 1300Mbps. This is a 3T3R antenna which means that it has 3 transmitter (T) and 3 receiver (R) antennas, and thus should have excellent wireless signal sensitivity and transmission range. There is also the CPU Installation Tool, which helps with the installation or removal of the processor from the CPU socket. Please check out our Maximus VIII GENE review for a great showcase of this feature.
Last but not least, there are eight SATA 6Gb/s cables and one Q-connector to help connect the case wires to the front-panel header. ASUS have also included the Fan Extension Card. This is basically a fan header multiplier that connects to the motherboard via a proprietary connector. It provides three additional four-pin PWM fan headers, as well as three thermistor headers for enhanced temperature monitoring in the BIOS or the Ai Suite utility. Given the above, it should come as no surprise that ASUS have bunblded three thermal probes too.
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