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Packaging and Accessories

The packaging of the Intel DZ87KLT-75K is designed in the same style as the packaging of Intel’s boxed LGA1150 processors with decorative elements stylized like a CPU die, with the slogan “What Will You Make?”, and with pictures whose meaning is rather vague. Except for the unclear illustrations (which must mean something like “Intel’s products in the center of the Universe”), everything is good. The eye will easily focus on the LGA1150 processor and the mainboard designed for it. Intel’s CPU boxes are traditionally blue whereas the Extreme series mainboards, optimized for overclocker-friendly K series CPUs, come in black boxes with a skull badge. A large picture of the mainboard can be found on the back of the box, with its key features indicated.

We have received from Intel a review sample of the motherboard. It isn't a retail box, that is why the bundle hadn't contain some pieces. We have found in the box:


  • WiFi/Bluetooth unit with USB connection cable (MS-3871);
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • A hard bridge for Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
  • Colorful and nice Integration Guide poster.


We’ve already seen Intel mainboards ship together with the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module MS-3871. It supports Bluetooth 2.1 connections at data-transfer rates up to 3 Mbps whereas its 802.11n controller Ralink RT8070 can maintain Wi-Fi connections at speeds up to 150 Mbps over distances of up to 300 meters. Using the sticky stripe on the back of the module, you can secure it inside your computer case by attaching it to the faceplate of an empty 5.25-inch bay. The module's cable is plugged into an onboard USB 2.0 header.

Besides the accessories shown in the photo, the mainboard is supposed to come with four SATA cables, a Configuration Label (it shows the mainboard’s connectors layout and you can stick it to the inside of your computer case's side panel), and a DVD with software tools and drivers. Off-the-shelf samples of the mainboard may also be accompanied with the exclusive accessories of the Extreme series such as various stickers, door hangers, and mouse pads with the skull badge.

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