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Package and Accessories

Asus P7H57D-V EVO mainboard ships in a pretty thin box with an eye-pleasing refreshed look:

There is a photo of the board on the back of the box together with a brief list of technical specification and some details about its key features.

Besides the actual board, the box contains pretty common set of accessories:

  • Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and two with straight ones;
  • An IDE cable;
  • Flexible bridge for SLI graphics configurations;
  • “2-in-1 Q-Connector” – a pair of adapters for easy connector of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB port;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • A booklet with brief assembly and installation instructions;
  • User manual;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers.

However, this accessories bundle doesn’t strike you as remarkable only at first glance. If you take a real close look at it you may come up with at least two questions. The first question is why they bundle the board with an SLI bridge? According to the official specifications, the new chipsets do not support ATI CrossFire or Nvidia SLI configurations. Besides, it turned out that the four SATA cables bundled with the board are not quite identical. Two of them are specifically designed for 6 Gbps speeds, although the only thing distinguishing them from the traditional Serial ATA cables is the marking.

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