ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming Review


  • Author: MAC
  • Date: September 27, 2017

Packaging & Accessories

Now that we have gone over the STRIX X299-E features and specifications in the introduction, it is time to examine the packaging and then crack open the box to take a look at the bundled accessories. Let’s check it out:

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While this motherboard is part of the Republic of Gamers series, the STRIX models don’t ship in same black and red packaging as the usual ROG motherboards. Instead they have a largely all black theme and with some rainbow colored graphics that subtly highlight the onboard RGB LED lightning. On the back of the packaging, you will find quite a bit of information regarding all of the interesting features that have been packed onto this model, as well as a handy rear I/O panel diagram and an abbreviated specifications list.

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When you open the packaging you are greeted with the motherboard wrapped in an anti-static bag. ASUS have also managed to shoehorn an accessories box on the left side. The bottom half of the packaging holds the remainder of the accessories, the manuals, the installation DVD, etc. The user guide (which has the DVD inside) is sandwiched between the two side compartments that secure the accessories. As you will see below, this model ships with a very respectable quantity of accessories.

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The accessories box nestled on top of the motherboard actually contains the sleek new dual-band 2T2R Wi-Fi antenna which has 2 transmitter (T) and 2 receiver (R) components.

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As you would expect from such a Republic of Gamers model, the X299-E has a pretty decent accessories bundle. There is the usual User Guide and installation DVD, a door hanger, as well as some stickers that you can wrap around SATA cables to label individual connections. They have also thrown in an all-black rear I/O shield, four SATA 6Gb/s ports, a Q-connector to help connect the case wires to the front panel header, a thermal sensor cable, a vertical M.2 bracket, and some screws and standoffs for the M.2 slots. There is also one high bandwidth SLI HB Bridge, which is a very nice addition to this bundle for those who plan on running two GeForce GTX 1070’s or GTX 1080’s.

This motherboard has also been outfitted with the AURA RGB lighting feature, and to extend that functionality there are three onboard headers on which you can plug LED light strips. In order to do this ASUS has included two different RGB LED extension cables, one for 12V 5050 RGB LED strips and one for 5V WS2812B RGB LED strips.

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