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EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-K2 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

  • LGA 1155
  • Intel Z68
  • 4×240pin DDR3 1066/ 1333 / 1600 / 1866 / 2133+
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Gustavus S.
  • 2/17/2014 1:53:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely worthless motherboard

Pros: None

Cons: The board would not post from day one. Bought a new Seasonics Platinum 660w in case the PS was the problem. It was not. EVGA replaced the MB on RMA. It will not boot either. Have tried off and on for a year with the MB on the bench -- barebones CPU, memory, harddrive, keyboard, graphics card. Will not boot. EVGA tech support non existent.

Manufacturer Response:

"Hello Gustavus,
What processor are you using with your motherboard? If you have a very early BIOS revision (pre IVB) and you are running a Ivy series processor, you would need a BIOS update. Please feel free to call EVGA's 24/7 technical support any time at 1-888-881-3842 option 1, or by email at newegg@evga.com and we will be glad to assist you with troubleshooting your problem.
Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support"

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  • Larry J.
  • 8/28/2013 12:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsThis dog won't hunt

Pros: Pretty to look at.

Cons: 1st one would not talk to console (screen/graphic adapter) and failed to POST, 2nd would not install Win XPx64. VistaUlt64, Win7Home32, Win7Pro32, Win7Pro64 or Win7 Ultimate. I didn't try Win98 or 2000. Ran Linux quite nicely but had trouble booting from LiveCDs. i.e. Knoppix.

Other Thoughts: Received as RMA "replacement" for EVGA EVGA 780i SLI FTW premature death (promised a P67 but the Z68s arrived). EVGA techs good for the most part but EVGA apparently no longer delivers on promises. Both Z68s were recycled, and parts were missing. Out over $600 to get the Z68 to work with system. After 50 years in IT I have seen the statue of many companies follow an arc, up by competence and knowledge, down by ledger and veracity.

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  • Samuel L.
  • 1/25/2013 6:17:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The motherboard lights were cool I guess.

Cons: Too many to list.

Other Thoughts: I would actually wish this board upon my worst enemy.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

Please contact us at 888-881-3842 so we can get some information as to what the problem is, and see if we can help assist you with it.

Thank you,
Brandon B

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2012 10:35:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBIOS problems!

Pros: Pretty is all.

With new BIOS update,'R16' I can finally boot on a OC with Vdroop enabled, before I couldn't.

Cons: BIOS,BIOS,BIOS! From day one it's been giving me problems. I couldn't boot on no OC with Vdroop enabled, and couldn't boot on 'off set' voltage(manual). With the new BIOS update as of 12-20-2012(R16), I can finally boot with Vdroop enabled, but still doesn't like 'off set' voltage.

As of feb. 22-2013 it will be a year that I've owned this board, so I think I can comment on the reliability/performance.

Other Thoughts: I can NOT recommend this as a good buy, do to it's bad BIOS.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

I am very sorry to hear that you are having this issue. Please give us a call at 888-881-3842 so we can work to get this resolved for you.

Thank you,
Brandon B

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  • John S.
  • 12/4/2012 7:44:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsEVGA Blunder

Pros: Cheap, and as you find out. There is a reasion reading threw the post. I here alot of problems but I did not have many my self. It seems to work fine at all ends to me.

Cons: three that buged me, one was the the power supplie choise. it has a sec 2 by 4 for over clocking power on the board that only a hand full of power supplies have. but you can run the board with just one. 2ed the 24 pin main power plug on the board is on its side. I have put 4 of these boards into cases and all of them we had to moded to be able to plug it in. Last the CPU had to be a "Sandy" bridge, there are more of thouse out there but that dose cut down you choises.

Other Thoughts: this is the 3rd board I have got threw EVGA and it will be my last.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/2/2012 10:39:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Everything work's great after fixing. Fast, could run all my games on at least medium settings

Cons: RAM slots 3 and 4 were not working

Other Thoughts: Great - But I bought it at $80 so a cheaper mobo could be better

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  • adam b.
  • 11/27/2012 6:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsCan't set manual voltage

Pros: Works when voltage is set to auto...

Cons: BIOS is horrible, UEFI with no mouse support. It is basically old school efi bios with a few ugly icons on the top. Seriously watch some videos it is horrible compared to others.

I cannot set manual voltage or the board will not boot at all, have to clear cmos. There are a lot of threads on EVGA about this and no one from EVGA seems to care... This seems to be a very common problem so EVGA should be doing something about this to make up for this. These bugged boards should not be out in the market if they are old boards with the problem as EVGA_Jacob mentioned in a pm.

Other Thoughts: Should have went with Asus, I'm no longer purchasing EVGA motherboards. This was a problem with the P67's as well. They mentioned this would no longer effect newer boards and they would fix the problem. Well looks like they did the same exact thing so I can no longer trust EVGA. They should have never let so and so go from the team. Ever since then EVGA motherboards have gone down hill.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

I am very sorry to hear you are having this issue. Please give us a call at 888-881-3842 so we can work to get this resolved for you.

Thank you,
Brandon B

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  • ROBERT J.
  • 11/25/2012 8:57:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY THIS! (right now)

Pros: Lots of features and it has LOTS of potential.
EVGA has always made good video cards.

Cons: The Bios is "beta" at best and so many issues with it I wont go into it here. Just do yourself a favor and WAIT until they resolve the Bios issues with this product. You will thank me later!

Other Thoughts: Go visit http://www.evga.com/forums and look at all the posts about bios and vcore, DIMM voltage, BSOD's etc. It is ridiculous to say the least. I have been on the phone with EVGA 2 times and submitted a support tickets and forum post so we will see if they can resolve the issues soon. If not I will be kindly asking Newegg to refund or let me exchange the product for something different.

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  • David L.
  • 11/15/2012 11:29:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsLoved the board till it was installed.

Pros: Looks Great. Old school Bios

Cons: Was a simple transition from my AsRock Fatal1ty Pro p67 to the EVGA FTW Z68. I thought i was upgrading but the bios don't work unfortunately.I tried old bios's and the newest and of course the one it came with and cant touch the voltage at all. Its just doesn't work.Just removed the Fatal1ty board today that was running 24/7 5ghz Prime stable. I went from that to Stock cpu clocks and ram speeds do to the bios not working at all. Not even a little. I am very experienced with overclocking and own a Rampage Extreme IV x79 and Rampage Formula IV x79 which both have advanced bios which i like. I wanted to try EVGA but i guess it was a big mistake. I don't understand this is supposed to be a FTW board! Also tried EVGA Forums many having the issue.

Other Thoughts: If you cant change voltages it most definitely isn't FTW . I am still trying everything i can to get this board to work as its all hooked up with my water cooling all installed which was there anyway as i only switched boards. Oh yeah also the great E Leet software if you change the voltage there it will crash when you hit apply.

Hey EVGA rep is this board junk or is there a older bios that will work? Please answer soon as i plan to Send the board back for another brand tomorrow but i really like to give EVGA the benefit of the doubt because your GPU's do rock.

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  • Mark D.
  • 10/5/2012 10:48:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggswhat happend EVGA?

Pros: Nice solid made motherboard, packed well, awesome customer support, warranty,if following guidlines is still great.(see below)

Cons: Bios!Bios!Bios! Why evg a why,did you let "X" leave for a competing company?All the sales of what HAD been the greatest graphics card and motherboard company to ever exist, now belong to your greatest rival...Im actually distraught.:(

Other Thoughts: If anyone from evga happens across this, just know the evga fan base is still there. The change of warranty from 10 year to 3 years, paired with the worst bios programming ever seen on a high dollar board is a recipie for distruction. I would buy again if the bios (this goes for every board in the x79 z77 z75, line up) was even remotely decent. If the warranty was like it was, then i could wait for a decent bios programming team. But your putting NEW boards out, when you should be putting all your resources into fixing the issues at hand, and saving your mobo division before its to late. (midnight)

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