ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review :: The Retail Bundle

02-28-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Package Contents

  • Driver CD
  • Norton's Internet Security 2005
  • ASUS PC Probe II
  • ASUS Screensaver
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Reader
  • User's manual
  • 4 SATA cables
  • 2 SATA Power cables
  • Back Panel I/O plate
  • 80-wire HDD cable
  • 40-Wire CD-ROM cable
  • Floppy cable
  • 2 USB port/1 Game port cable
  • Firewire Cable

ASUS is known for their bundled hardware and software, and the A8R-MVP has a great bundle. ASUS chose to include SATA and SATA power cables for all four SATA ports on the board. The inclusion of a 40-pin CD-ROM cable in addition to the 80-pin HDD cable is an interesting one that makes some sense. After all, most DVD-ROMs don't need ATA133 transfer speeds. The USB bracket and Firewire bracket bring the available USB ports to 6 and 2 Firewire ports on the board.

ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Hardware bundle

Hardware bundle

ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review SATA accessories

SATA accessories

ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review CD & Manual

CD & Manual

ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review Norton Internet Security

Norton Internet Security

The software bundle on the board is rather impressive. Norton's Internet Security 2005 consists of Norton's AntiVirus and Norton's Personal Firewall in one package. NAV is what I use in my personal computer, and a Firewall is important to protect the computer from external attack. ASUS's PC Probe gives Voltage and fan speed information from the motherboard.