Well if you head over to asus rog forum most common issues reported are the board does not power up even if there is light on the board power switch, and the intel lan is not working.
None as reported drive missing issues.
So, possibility of getting a DOA board. It looks like you guys have solved the Intel LAN prob though?
Ill chime in about Newegg packaging- Im on East Coast. I get stuff fast because Im near NJ, where there are warehouses. But I did get some RAM in a large box (size of a minitower almost) with just a few loose pieces of brown paper. Ram was able to bounce around like in a clothes drier Im sure.