An unexpected feature inspired by the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion has been discovered on the flagship ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero EVA-02 motherboard. There is a typo on the colorful housing of the I/O ports – it says Evangenlion instead of Evangelion. This part of the motherboard is difficult to replace, so the owner has limited options for fixing the problem, although a black permanent marker is guaranteed to save the situation.
The typo is present in all models already released and has even found its way into official promotional materials. The error went unnoticed for some time, but the first unboxing videos of the new board in September revealed the spelling error. Interestingly, the word Evangelion is printed several times in different places on the motherboard, but only in one case with a misspelling of EvangeNLion
ASUS’ EVA-02 component series includes a range of PC components, including motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies and even the case. Peripheral devices such as keyboards or headsets are also available. A quick check by Videocardz journalists shows that the typo issue only affects the motherboard. A typo on the mainboard is unlikely to cause serious problems for the owner, as it will be covered by the case fan after assembly.
Let’s hope ASUS shows more attention to detail in future versions of its products. On the positive side, the GeForce RTX 4090 EVA-02 series graphics card is not affected by this problem. Given the cost of between $2,300 and $3,000 and the impossibility of hiding the inscription, this would be much more unpleasant for the owner than an invisible typo on the motherboard after assembly, the price of which “only” starts at $700.
It is unclear whether ASUS intends to repair and replace the misprinted components. Maybe the funny situation will simply be forgotten. On the other hand, it is possible that after a while this board will become highly valued by collectors, just like stamps, coins and banknotes with errors.