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So I ordered this "Bulk" packaged asus maximus IV gene-z for $70 on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/221389236697?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
and when I got the board, all the buttons thats on the motherboard is missing, however it looks on point. The START, RESET, LED next to them, and the GO button on the other corner is missing. I haven't seen a maximus motherboard without these and now I'm not sure if there's anymore missing things thats suppose to be molded to the motherboard.
 

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Does it work?
 

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Looks too good to be true, and it sounds like it is. I would report it back to Ebay and hope for the best.
 

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If it doesn't power up, submit a claim like @100cotton mentioned. Avoid all deals that seem too goo to be true, cheap is not always the way to go man
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I did report a claim and yeah I'll show a picture. I was shocked and couldn't tell if it was actually real or fake.I already opened a case with ebay to return it and no I didn't test it because I thought "how bad would it be?"




 

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It looks like the OEM version, like Alienware would purchase ( if they use something as high quality ). so you cant just go poking at benching buttons and break stuff. I would have at least tried the board and seen what its capable of.

made sure the bios was indeed the ROG bios. but every thing those buttons do can be done with bios.
 

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It states in the description, that it is an OEM version ""New OEM/Bulk Packaged Motherboar without accessories. The i/o shield backplate is included. This is a Revision CG8265DP-MB & does not support Core i3 CPUs."

And a seller with over 60000 deals and 99% positive is not likely to rip people of big time by selling fake products.

He might either not have noticed it himself, if it´s really a mistake, or there was just a misunderstanding, because you didn´t now that it is an OEM version.

I don´t know how the laws in your country are, but here professional sellers have to take back eeverything without question for 14days, if it´s unused.

OEM versions, like with windows, are for systembuilders. They often lack certain features and have no support with it etc, because the system builder has to provide it. But they are cheaper.

Your call, if it works, ask yourself, if you really need those buttons. If they are everything that is missing
 

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Yeah the product page confirms in text what you got is what you got.

I do wish they would have grabbed an image of one of the actual OEM boards so people knew more what to expect. But here is a copy paste.

"New OEM/Bulk Packaged Motherboar without accessories. The i/o shield backplate is included.This is a Revision CG8265DP-MB & does not support Core i3 CPUs "

I look up the revision and it looks to be true. Contact ASUS, verify it will have the same bios options and I personally would be happier than a fly in a coke can.

Ninja'd D:
 

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Who is going to fake a complete motherboard? Makes absolutely no sense. If it was a fake,you can bet they would have added the few missing buttons and charged the full price.
 

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I was just unsure since I haven't seen any ROG motherboards without those buttons, etc. I'm not even sure if it's anything else besides those. I know I can live without the buttons because it is after all going to be in my case the whole time. Other than that, I have no use for it.
 

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Like has been stated it is an OEM version designed to cut costs(the less used an accessory or part is, the more expensive it tends to be since its not bought in bulk), if it was an ES board then it might not even be red and black and newer BIOSes might not work correctly on it, but I think you are okay. I would say as long as a normal BIOS flash works then you are fine(if a BIOS flash works then chances are its a final product, as I have some ES motherboards that dont work past very early dev BIOSes). I would keep it because that isn't a bad price.

Also its very hard to counterfeit a motherboard, I mean most who know the business somewhat understand that PCB manufacturers hold a crap load of power over motherboard vendors and do leak their designs(parts of their design, like how many power phases, what features they are using, and other stuff) to their competitors, that is why you might see certain companies seem to "copy" each-other, they are just finding out what the other does and mimicking it because they are succeeding with it (wait till a new gen like 9 series releases and you will see what I mean, there must be a reason MSI leaked so early and broke NDA so blatantly because they are trying to get the public to perceive something). Someone should create a PCB maker in the US where if they leaked stuff they would be demolished by a lawsuit in a fairly short period of time, however it can be a two way street, every company wants to know what their competitors are up too. The big companies might want to make sure they didn't leave something out or they are making sure everything is okay with their product, but smaller companies might really need to catch up because they were given design specs for a platform later than the bigger ones. Also PCB designs can be used to reverse engineer a product as well, and that is why those bare PCBs that some overclockers get as gifts, are usually of boards that have already hit EOL(end of line). It is possible that a PCB vendor sent a bunch of PCBs to a 3rd party who then soldered the right parts on and who wasn't hired by asus to do so(ECS and Pegatron being ASUS's trusted partners), however it is almost like counterfeiting money, the tools(machines) needed to do the counterfeiting is pretty damn expensive I don't see how one would pay for the machines with the profit from selling those boards haha.

I am sure its just an OEM, but always interesting to find motherboards that look different than retail.
 

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Oh man.. I was about to buy that for another build I was planning on doing.. Not so sure now.. X( I hope it goes good, because like what you said, its just the buttons, lol, and im fine with that.
 

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Man thats weird, I have never seen an oem version of a high end board. Didnt know they existed. Im wondering if its what asus uses in their prebuilt gaming rigs perhaps? Its just that EVERYTHING else looks spot on, it must truely be something like sin0822 said.

Man at $80 it seems like a steal though, are you putting your sandy or going to try ivy in it? Really the small things its missing shouldnt effect the performance, most people dont touch the buttons anyways unless its on a test bench.
 

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If I still dealt with Ebay I'd be tempted to get one at that price.
 

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I'm was going to put my sandy in it but I was also thinking about picking up a maximus 1150 combo at microcenter since if I ask the manager, usually they'll let me make my own CPU / mobo combo. But I'll give it a try sometime this weekend to see if this motherboard actually boots up and what's the difference.
I was skeptical about why a high end board is oem also that's why I thought fake
 
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