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Packaging and Accessories

You may have already figured out from the previous pictures that all mainboards in this family come in identically designed packages. There is a portrait of Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel gamer and the Fatal1ty logo in the center of the red and black box. ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional comes in a vertical box with a plastic carry handle.

There is a photograph of the mainboard on the back of the box alongside with detailed information about a number of its features and peculiarities.

Starting recently ASRock mainboards come not only carefully wrapped into an anti-static bag. The thin protective pad has been replaced with a frame made of some porous material. Besides the actual mainboard, the box contains the following accessories:

  • Six Serial ATA cables with metal connector locks, half with L-shaped locks and another half – with straight ones;
  • Two power adapters for SATA devices;
  • A bridge for Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
  • A bracket with two USB 3.0 ports plus a bracket for the back panel with a set of retention screws;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • A brochure about the functionality of mainboard BIOS and accompanying software;
  • User manual in multiple languages;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers.

There is nothing unusual about these accessories. I would only like to point out that the mainboard comes with a very convenient universal module with two USB 3.0 ports. By default, it is intended to be installed into the free 3-inch bay and deliver two USB 3.0 ports to the front of the system case. However, if you have a new case that already comes with USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, or if you do not have an empty 3-inch bay in the front, then you can use an enclosed bracket and screws set to place these ports in the back of the system case. Besides ASRock mainboards, only some mainboards from Elitegroup come with the modules and brackets offering such extensive functionality. The only advantage the ECS modules have is that their cable is a little bit longer.

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