The box the Deluxe is packaged in is a standard size motherboard box, much smaller than the box that say the Rampage range of motherboards are packaged in. This is quite surprising considering the amount of kit included which we can see at the bottom of this page. The overall theme of the box is Gold as you can see. The gold however is no embossed nor shiny with the finish of the packaging being matt not glossy.
To the rear of the packaging ASUS go to great lengths to tell us about their latest product. All of the key features are there along with a nice 3D diagram of the mainboard which gives us a further breakdown of the on board feature set. ASUS also go one step further by having a flip lid which has a window showing the mainboard along with further explanation of the motherboard features.
the internal packaging is quite good with the mainboard sat uppermost in a cardboard tray, part concealed in an anti-static wrap. Beneath this we find a split tray design housing both accessories (of which there are many) and the obligatory manual and driver CD.
The following accessories are included: User's manual, ASUS Q-Shield, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s), 6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s), 1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi, 1 x 3-Way SLI bridge, 1 x SLI bridge, 1 x Q-connector (2 in 1). So, everything to get you started and more. Being greedy, we would like to see in addition to the driver CD, a small USB pen drive loaded with the driver set as many modern PCs now do not have a CD/DVD player. A pen drive is invaluable for BIOS updates so could also be used for this purpose. Obviously this will increase the price a little but it is a cost many will happily absorb as the cost of a small USB drive is now very small.
The Wi-Fi antenna impressed us. Rather than having the antenna poking out from the rear of your PC, this antenna can be positioned for best reception, away from interference. During testing, this worked very well and while we prefer a LAN connection for our gaming, we can appreciate the usefulness of this device for other users.