Packaging and Accessories
There was a time when mainboard makers experimented with their product packaging. They offered different packaging for mainboards for AMD and Intel processors and you could even tell a product's positioning by its box. All the major makers have unified their packaging by now, though. They only reserve special design for special mainboards targeted at gamers or overclockers. So, on the front of the box of any regular MSI mainboard you can see its name and logos of technologies it supports. The back of the box provides some basic information about the particular model's key features.
The box itself and the insert that separate the mainboard from the accessories are made of plain unbleached cardboard which doesn’t look as pretty as the shiny white cardboard of other makers' packaging, yet serves to emphasize MSI's environmentalist efforts in manufacturing as well as packaging its products.
As we wrote in our earlier reviews, Socket FM2 mainboards can’t be expected to come with lots of accessories because that would lead to an undesirable increase in price. The accessories bundled with the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 include more items than usual, though:
- Four Serial ATA cables with L-shaped metal connector locks;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- “M-Connector” block including modules for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons, indicators and audio;
- “V-Check Cable” adapter set for manual voltage monitoring with a voltmeter;
- User manual;
- A booklet on proprietary software;
- A booklet with brief assembly instructions;
- DVD disk with software and drivers.
There is a set of adapters simplifying the connection of the computer case’s buttons, indicators and USB port. We’ve seen them bundled with the ASUS F2A85-V PRO, too, because ASUS mainboards have an unconventional pin layout of the corresponding headers. MSI also adds a set of V-Check cables which can help you monitor voltages by means of a voltmeter. It means that the mainboard has the so-called V-Check Points, which is a rather unconventional extra feature for a Socket FM2 product.