Packaging & Accessories
Packaging & Accessories
Now that we have gone over the X399 Pro Gaming's 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:
The packaging for this motherboard is identical to one that ASRock first unveiled for their Intel Z270 lineup, which is to say a big bright red G that obviously stands for Gaming. The front of the packaging is still adorned with the usual array of badges and logos, the most prominent of which is obviously the Fatal1ty Gaming Gear designation - 'Fatal1ty' being the gamertag of former professional eSports player extraordinaire Johnathan Wendel - which has been exclusively licensed to ASRock for a number of years now, at least when it comes to motherboards.
The back of the box is packed with all the features that make this particular motherboard model unique in some way, which is truthfully quite a number of things. There is also a nice specifications list, as well as a handy diagram highlighting the connectivity on the rear I/O panel.
Once you remove the outside packaging, you are greeted with two inner boxes. The thicker top half holds the motherboard, while the bottom half is where you find the accessories bundle, the software DVD and several pieces of documentation.
Most of the time a motherboard is wrapped in an anti-static bag and we have nothing more to say about how it is packaged. However, not only is the X399 Pro Gaming wrapped in an anti-static bag, but ASRock have also placed this motherboard in a protective foam cradle and secured it with zip ties. This is high-end protection that ASRock also bestows on their mainstream models like the X370 Taichi and Z270 Gaming K6.
The X399 Pro Gaming's accessories bundle is quite decent, especially when it comes to SLI bridges. Given the fact that this motherboard has four full-sized PCI-E x16 slots and ThreadRipper CPUs have enough PCI-E lanes to power all those slots, ASRock have included two-way, three-way, and four-way SLI bridges. The two-way part is an SLI HB Bridge - the HB stands for High Bandwidth - and it is a very nice addition to this bundle for those who plan on running two GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 series cards.
When it comes to the basics, there is a bunch of documentation, an ASRock sticker, a driver/software DVD, and even a postcard. There are also four SATA 6Gb/s cables, a rear I/O panel cover, three M.2 screws, and two basic Wi-Fi antennas.
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