Packaging and Contents
The front of the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming box features a black background with a nice shot of the board on the right and a stylized, multicolored ROG logo on the left. "ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming motherboard" is printed in the center left, with the ROG logo in the top left. The ASUS logo and all the certification badges have been put along the bottom edge. The back of the box has all the highlights: a top-down shot of the board, several panels detailing prominent features, a shot of the rear I/O, and the specifications list. The box design is well executed and matches the board perfectly.
Opening the box, the board sits in a cardboard tray encased in an anti-static bag. The accessories are stored underneath.
The accessories are quite good. On top of the standard inclusions are thermistor cables, RGB extension cables, cable ties, and even an additional 40 mm VRM cooling fan. Notably absent is any kind of rear I/O shield because the shield is integrated into the board.
The full list of accessories includes:
- Manual and support DVD
- Strix "thank you" card and sticker sheet
- 4x SATA 6 Gb/s cables
- Thermistor cable pack
- 2x RGB extension cables
- Cable ties
- Assistant fan and mounting hardware
- Wi-Fi antenna
- 2x M.2 mounting hardware