The accessories bundle for the K8X800 ProII is not fancy, but it has more parts than most other manufacturers. Albatron has thoughtfully supplied all available brackets so you can take full advantage of the board’s features (it’s annoying when a board supports Firewire and yet the company does not provide a Firewire bracket).
The most important piece is the digital audio bracket. Not only does it give your K8X800 ProII support for coax and optical input and output, it also has earphone and microphone jacks. This is a great feature for those of us who use headsets with microphones – you don’t have to crawl to the back of your case anymore to swap speaker and headphone jacks anymore! This bracket however is an optional item.
There is a 4-port USB 2.0 bracket (also optional) which brings the total of USB connections in the box to 6 in total (2 on the rear i/o panel, and 4 on this bracket). The remaining two USB 2.0 connections on the K8X800 ProII can be used with your front panel.
To round out the hardware, there is a two port 6-pin Firewire bracket, and a serial and game port bracket for more legacy connections. For drive connectivity, there is a single SATA cable with a power adapter, and floppy and IDE cables.
In terms of software, the Albatron K8X800 ProII throws in a copy of InterVideo WinCinema which includes WinDVD 4 and WinRip2. There is also a system CD that includes all necessary drivers, DirectX 9, and PC-Cillin.
One thing missing from the software is any Windows-based BIOS flashing program. I would have expected this to be bundled on the CD, but it wasn’t. You will have to download the flash program from elsewhere.