Boxing and Extras
The Asus Crosshair motherboard is the first from the company based on a new marketing campaign dubbed the “Republic of Gamers.” The idea that Asus has presented to us is that this product brand is intended to up-end the Abit / Fatal1ty brand of motherboards as the “gamer’s choice” and the best overclocking motherboard. That’s a lot for a company to undertake, as the Fatal1ty name is well known, even if the motherboards themselves haven’t been as sucessful as Abit would have liked.
The box for the Crosshair motherboard is a bit larger than the average motherboard packaging as there are quite a few additional items that Asus has included. Doesn’t that box scream “extreme!!!!”?? Well, in any event, let’s see what’s in the box.
Here you can see the standard inclusions that are normal for an Asus motherboard: six SATA cables that have right-angle necks on them for a more clean installation to hard drives, one IDE and floppy cable, USB and FireWire headers for additional I/O connections, an SLI bridge connector (the floppy kind that is one-size-fits-all), manual, heat pipe fan and the new Q-connector. The Q-Connector is used in board installation to make front panel case connections a bit easier. You can see it in use in our board installation page.
These are the more unique included extras in the Asus Crosshair motherboard. First, the top left corner has the “soundMAX” microphone that is supposedly able to pick up your voice and cancel out background noise (from your PC speakers and other). SoundMax has two microphones on the unit that are used to help in the software for noise reduction and it can attach to the top of your monitor via some included velcro. Moving to the right, Asus has included three additional temperature sensors that can be used to take advantage of the hardware monitoring features in the BIOS.
In the plastic bag are some small zip-ties; nothing super fancy but handy as a freebie that is for sure. The riser card is seen here for the on-board audio solution that includes all the 8-channel analog audio connections. Above it is a keychain with the Republic of Gamers logo on it. Finally, on the far right, the case back panel is different than others you have seen as it includes an EL insert that illuminates the icons on the back panel slightly so you can see them in the dark. Asus claims this will help you to install devices behind your computer more easily and without the need to hold a flash light with your teeth as many gamers are probably familar with. We’ll show you this as well in the motherboard installation section.