ASUS has unveiled its ROG x EVA-02 collection a few weeks ago and it has been releasing in staggered regional availability with China and the US competing to be first. The collection continues the partnership between ASUS ROG and Khara and their Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise following the EVA-01 partnership last year, this time around featuring this generation’s products but adorned in Asuka’s EVA-02 colors but this time around, its Asuka on the spotlight design of these products, not just EVA-02.
ASUS has now published their solution to the issue:
The motherboards have been making rounds in live events with LTT Expo and Chinese expos already showcasing the motherboard months ago but one flaw in the ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO EVA-02 Edition seems to have evaded people’s eyes until recently.
We’ve turned down reviewing opportunities for this due to the refresh release of Intel’s new Z790 line for their 14th-gen CPU release, opting only for access to the unavailable ROG Strix RTX 4090 EVA-02 edition to test first, and with our recent dialog with ROG’s Kris Huang revealing that they have a committee for this exact thing, I bet they’d be very disappointed when they find out that this is just seeing the light of day.
The issue we’re talking about is the small text located at the trim of the IO shroud, part attached all the way to the back.
EVANGENLION PRODUCTION MODEL-02. EVAN-GEN- LION?
Asuka will be kicking our faces off if she finds out we’ve been using her beloved EVA-02’s board with misspelling. More so whoever cleared this in the design process. Kidding aside, as this part doesn’t follow the branding guideline for KHARA’s Neon Genesis Evangelion stylebook, the designer could’ve overlooked it and anyone succeeding into the QC chain glossed over it as well.
But the issue here isn’t about the typo itself but ASUS’ quality. ASUS has recently had multiple issues with their motherboards as recent as the ROG Z690 debacle with their corroding waterblock on the ROG Z690 FORMULA as well as a recall for backwards capacitors leading to fires on the ROG Z690 HERO. Further issues have also plagued the brand incited by Youtubers who have since moved on their consumer defense tone and are once again using ASUS products.
Regardless, ASUS could not have a more embarassing mistake on one of its highlight releases. As a co-branded model, the IP owner of Neon Genesis Evangelion may not like this and will definitely insist on a solution. ASUS will probably ship-out replacement IO shrouds for all existing motherboards. Regardless if its obscured from view or not, now that you know its there, its going to be like an itch in the middle of your back that you just can’t reach.
We’ve reached out to our followers who own the board and have confirmed that the issue exists in retail copies of the board.