ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming Motherboard Review: Page 3 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 8:00am
Packaging & Unboxing
Like many of ASUS’s other recent STRIX products, the X299-E Gaming comes in a colorful box, the actual motherboard taking up most of the front, with the neon colored ROG logo in the background. The Republic of Gamers logo anchors its usual top left corner, and plenty logos for all the supported features line up near the bottom.
The rear of the box gives you highlights of board specific features along the bottom third, and the motherboard taking up the top two-thirds, listing its connectivity and supported hardware.
As you can see the two short sides only have the ASUS and ROG logos, in addition to the motherboard model.
The top edge highlights a few features in a plethora of languages.
Opening the box up, we are greeted with a cardboard spacer block, and the motherboard peeks out from under through its anti-static bag.
Lifting the spacer block out, we realize there is actually some goodies inside, we’ll open that one up in a moment.
The motherboard is securely held in a cardboard tray with some strategically placed bits of foam padding.
After lifting the motherboard tray out, we find all of the ‘goodies’ in the bottom. A Game On/Game Off door hanger and the usual manuals are in the center. Two flaps open up to reveal all the good stuff.
After a few moments spent extricating all of the included bits from the various cardboard compartments, here is the final score. Inside the top spacer block is the angular dual band WiFi antenna, pictured on the left. Under the motherboard manual was the driver disk, ROG cable stickers, ROG badges and a 20% coupon code to CableMod. The usual parts like SATA cables and rear I/O shield are also buried in the pile, but you get a few interesting extras. First are some RGB extension cables, The always nice front I/O adapter that lets you connect all your front panel cables like the power switch and HDD lights out where you can see them, and they plug the entire assembly into the motherboard in one fell swoop. Also included is the 3D Printing part mounting hardware, and the vertical M.2 Bracket. Finishing off the list is some zip ties and a thermal probe for measuring the temperature of anything you like.
ASUS’s partnership with CableMod is pretty handy as you can pick up some sleeved cable extensions for your build, or even complete custom cables made specifically for your PSU, and 20% off puts you well on your way to a good looking cable management job. Check them out at Http://www.CableMod.com