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Packaging and Accessories

Just like in case of Gigabyte’s packaging, the box with Asus F2A85-V PRO is very recognizable due to typical design and colors. The company uses the same packaging design for all their products with the exception of “Republic of Gamers” and “The Ultimate Force” series, which also have unified design across the series, but with different distinguishing characteristics and color choices.

On the very front of the box we see a large Asus F2A85-V PRO model name and an array of icons and logotypes indicating the board’s functionality and supported technologies. There is a mainboard photo on the back of the box with a list of technical specifications and a brief description of its key features and functions. The mainboard inside the box is packed in an anti-static pouch, and all accessories are arranged beneath it and are separated with a cardboard divider:

  • Four Serial ATA cables with metal L-shaped connector locks. The ones specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices have white inserts in the connectors;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  •  “Asus Q-Connector” kit including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB 2.0 port;
  • User manual;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers.

It is not surprising to see no plastic carry handle or a colorful flip-cover on the front of the box. The modest accessories bundle is also something we have expected to see. Mainboards for Socket FM2 processors cannot be too pricy and therefore, we can’t consider this thriftiness to be a drawback, more like an advantage.

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