Asus AGP-V7700 Pure
The Asus V7700 should be appearing in the US next week if not already as Asus planned to release on the 3rd week of May. The Pure version of the V7700 retail box will be selling for $349 and comes with the Asus AGP-V7700 itself, the very detailed manual, Asus video drivers (based on NVIDIA 5.16 reference drivers), an overclocking utility, DVD player, two full games (Drakan, Rollcage), and a sampler CD. A Deluxe version should follow sometime in the near future offering more features like VR Glasses support, Video in and Video out but will of course come at a higher cost.
Asus has always been known to go above and beyond the competition when it comes to the quality of their product as they put extra development time into their custom designs. This time around about the only noticeable feature that you can see on this board is the slightly improved thermal solution over the reference design that most companies are using. Keep in mind that this is the "Pure" version that Asus makes and does not come with any type of video in or out. I also noticed that the backside of the board didn't come with a connection for the VR Glasses so I'm a bit puzzled as to if they will support this feature as they claim to be able to on their website but not on the retail box itself. Regardless the board layout looked clean and on par with what you would normally expect from Asus.
The package comes bundled with a couple of utilities that caught my eye, Asus Smart Doctor and Tweak utility. The Smart Doctor software is very useful as it gives you voltage and thermal information (see below).