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EVGA X79 DARK - LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 E-ATX Motherboard with Brand New GUI BIOS (150-SE-E789-KR)

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
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The EVGA X79 Dark is a re-imagination of the EVGA X79 platform. It comes in an E-ATX form factor with a full 12-layer PCB. The memory trace layout is optimized for compatibility, improved overclocking, and full eight DIMM memory support. The CPU VRM is redesigned with the best industry IR power stages, ensuring efficient power to your CPU. The X79 Dark features a single PCI-express x4 slot and five PCI-express 3.0 x16 slots that support four-way SLI. Included is a slew of great onboard devices, including an additional four-port SATA 6G controller for a total of six SATA 6G ports, dual Intel gigabit LANs, and a USB 3.0 controller for a total of six USB 3.0 devices.

The GUI BIOS has been completely redesigned. This brand-new GUI BIOS from EVGA was focused on functionality; you can get in, and get out. No splash screens to click through, no enormous menus to scroll through, no steep learning curve: the way a modern BIOS should be.

  • newegg Eight DIMM in Quad-Channel Design Support for up to 64GB of system memory, with an eight-DIMM in a four-channel configuration on EVGA X79 Dark motherboards, provides the capacity for users to make full use of modern 64-bit software. It's ideal for rendering detailed images or manipulating large files, without the bottlenecks of conventional storage.
  • newegg Exceptional Layout A right-angled, 24-pin power connector gives you improved airflow and optimized cable management. The optimal PCI-E layout gives you perfect airflow no matter what graphics configuration you are running, and an angled, six-pin aux PCI-E power connector keeps the motherboard clear of any cables that may block airflow. It also looks awesome!
  • newegg Four-Way SLI The EVGA X79 Dark is equipped with a single PCI-express x4 slot and five PCI-express 3.0 x16 slots, supporting up to four-way SLI multi-GPU settings.
  • newegg PCI Express 3.0 Ready The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GBps, double the 16GBps of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by the complete backward compatibility of PCIe1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It is a must-have feature for PC users who want the latest technology to improve their graphics performance.
  • newegg Brand-New GUI BIOS The new GUI BIOS from EVGA is focused on functionality. It can be navigated with a mouse or keyboard, and is set to the proper aspect ratio for your Widescreen monitor. It's easy to share BIOS images, or take a screenshot and save it for later reference! All important information – such as vital temperatures, CPU frequency, and memory information – is right at the top of the BIOS, and may be viewed at all times.
  • newegg Onboard Features Onboard power, reset, clear CMOS, and Debug LED shows CPU temperature and diagnostics! In addition, PCI-E disable switches make troubleshooting a breeze.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • KYLE B.
  • 7/17/2014 5:41:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProblems?

Pros: Everything seems to just work... plenty of USB ports, and USB 3 when I need them. NIC teaming works great, Voltages have been rock solid. I haven't had any issues, it seems, that many other people claim to have.

Cons: This motherboard comes with a bunch of goofy stuff I can't find to bring myself to discard; the box included.

The temperature reporting is waaaaaay off. I'm running an i7-3970x and it's reporting 48c on idle within the BIOS. I'm under water and other programs are reporting 25-26c; this is not a pre-filled unit, it's a custom XSPC kit.

Other Thoughts: My XMP profiles run just fine on a 16GB set of g. skill 2133 RAM. Voltages are rock solid using a Silverstone Strider 1200. My SATA speeds are much higher than other benchmarks I've seen, and I'm using an Icydock enclosure that holds 6 drives. I always run the latest BIOS & drivers. My EVGA 670 4GB / 2GB SLI runs just fine as well.

My recommendation to those with any issues: make sure you're running enough power. This board and any 2011 CPU combo takes a buttload of energy to run, especially if you are going to try to run any type of overclock. This hardware will bring any type of flaw out in even the best of PSUs.

This motherboard actually comes with test points that bypasses any motherboard power interaction and you can easily load test it with a voltmeter. Physical load testing can be a huge PITA, but not with this board.

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  • Jerry G.
  • 7/14/2014 9:57:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Previous Review

Pros: None

Cons: Just a few of the most recent issues that I have had dealing with what is the worst motherboard I have had the misfortune of buying....


1. The most current firmware (.11) deletes the Bluetooth setting out of the BIOS, causing issues with enabling bluetooth support.

2. Previous version of the BIOS would crash the entire BIOS when accessing certain menu items, forcing a hard boot. I haven't tried every menu item on the .11 Firmware so I don't know how many of these still exist.

3. The motherboard is incompatible with at least three very popular power supplies, including the Corsair AX860, RM850, and the Seasonic 860. These are gold / platinum level power supplies from the most popular manufacturers of these products on the market. These motherboard will not boot with these supplies.

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  • Jerry G.
  • 7/8/2014 4:31:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Motherboard I Have Ever Owned

Pros: None, seriously, avoid this like the plague.

Cons: Numerous problems since release, incompatibility with common power supplies, buggy unstable firmware...

Other Thoughts: For a $400 motherboard to be this bad is staggering... I am done with EVGA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jerry G,
I am sorry for any confusion as I can confirm that this board is a stable product with no known compatibility issues. I can only assume there maybe another problem occurring with your system and please do not hesitate to contact our 24 hour technical support at 1-888-881-3842 option 1 or by email at Newegg@evga.com as we are here to help you narrow down the cause of your problems with your system.
Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • Austin D.
  • 5/12/2014 6:46:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 bent pins but still works

Pros: - 2 bent pins from a used board... but I took the chance to install the CPU, and the board still works! I haven't had any issues with it at all. I didn't have to bend the pins back.
- TRIPLE BIOS selector, plus profiles with saved settings!
- easy disable/enable PCIe switches
- easily installed the drivers from EVGA's website and followed their instructions. USB 3.0, bluetooth, HD audio, Marvel SATA, Intel Gigabit ethernet, and more.
- debug LED screen should be standard on all motherboards.

Cons: - I wish the heat spreader above the CPU socket were not as tall. It is pressing up against my dual tower heatsink. (Still fits though, so I guess I can't complain.)
- the rear clear CMOS button (little red dot) on the I/O ports is way to easy to accidentally push... I feel like it needs a flip-cover over it.

Other Thoughts: I bought a used X79 Dark on e bay from an unreliable seller. The board was labeled "like new" and had no other defects. Well in fact, the board had 2 bent pins, was missing parts and the I/O shield. I was furious. I contacted the seller, and they offered nothing to ease the pain. Instead of returning it, (which would cost $50 in shipping to the other country), I figured I would buy the missing parts for less than that. I asked EVGA Support if they sell the missing parts... and guess what? EVGA shipped them to me for free! I'm blown away by their generosity, and they've proven to me their loyalty to their customers... even the helpless buyers on e Bay, like myself. Thanks EVGA.

I don't know what everyone else's problems are about the BIOS, but I haven't had any problems setting up my new computer. If you follow the instructions on EVGA's website, it works flawlessly. Some people don't have the patience to follow instructions...

I'm still impressed that this board had 2 bent pins and still functions normally. I think I got lucky, and it only bent the ground pins.

At least this board didn't have that short circuit arcing problem, that the MSI Big Bang mobo had... just google that for fun nightmares... O_o

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  • Joseph V.
  • 5/5/2014 9:10:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsVoltage disaster

Pros: Looks Nice and gets your hopes up that EVGA is back on track, but no, P67, X79 Classified and now this disaster.

Cons: The Bios is the worst ever, Showing voltages higher then they actualy are and when double checked with a multimeter they dre off by 20 to 40 MV. PCIE 3.0 will not work unless you have a Ivybridge CPU, The Memory voltage is critical but so off and uncontrolable on this board that you can damage the memory, CPU, and hard drives.
There is no real book with this board, you have to got to the forum and it really is basic compared to some other boards. I am just really disapointed in EVGA.

Other Thoughts: Have buy a New CPU RMA my Memory and I am putting the RMA replacment board that the stupid UPS driver dropped three times in front of me before he got to my front door in the closet and on Wendsday my New Asus Black will be here thanks to New Egg.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Joseph V,

I am sorry to hear of any confusion as I can confirm that the voltages should not be off in any way and if there is somehow a problem with your product then we are here to assist. I can also confirm that the motherboard does have PCI-e 3.0 support on it without a newer IvyBridge CPU, but if you are using a Nvidia graphics card then you must manually enable this feature through Windows as Nvidia does block on any X79 Motherboard. The board is very complex, but we have created a BIOS guide to help our users and this can be located on the EVGA forums. Please do not hesitate to contact our 24 hour support at 1-888-881-3842 option 1 or by email at Newegg@evga.com as we are here to help if you should have any further questions or concerns or if you should need further help with your product.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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  • GH S.
  • 4/15/2014 2:01:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOne egg since I can't rate it -2

Pros: The specifications sounded great. EVGA makes awesome graphics cards, so it SEEMED like a safe choice. It might be a marginally OK board IF you're a professional overclocker who is fluent in all the nuances of how memory and chipsets work. The fold-out sheet showing what's where on the board was useful.

Cons: 1) Do not expect to get your memory to work at its rated speed unless you know how to select all of its timing and voltage settings yourself. It defaulted my eight G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 2133MHZ DDR3s to 1333MHz. When I tried to change it I made one of the three BIOS chips unbootable. Presumably I will get the memory speed problem fixed once I contact EVGA's tech support

2) Do not expect to use the two Intel 6GB SATA ports as a RAID 0 or 1 system disk without first updating the BIOS, ME and RAID driver. If you set them to RAID mode, then Windows 7 will complain about missing CD/DVD drivers when you try to install the OS. It took me two days to figure out that this had nothing to do with the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives I was using and everything to do with the motherboard being shipped before it was actually ready for market.

3) Do not expect to use the 4 6GB SATA ports for a 4-disk RAID5 array. It will only handle RAID 0, 1 or 10. In reading about this I found that other people have found this Marvell RAID controller to be unstable, so now I'm really wishing I hadn't bought this board.

4) Do not expect to use the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU cooler without grinding it's mounting bracket holes into ovals so that the bolts line up with the spring-loaded mounting screws. To be fair, this might be a problem with the cooler's mounting bracket, but it might not.

5) The BIOS user interface may be nicely mouse-oriented, but it is otherwise only intended for the serious overclocker. It is the worst BIOS I've used in decades in terms of being self-explanatory. It's terse with no useful information provided and there's nothing about the BIOS in the motherboard manual.

6) Don't even bother opening the motherboard manual, it isn't one. There's less there than on the fold-out sheet.

Other Thoughts: I've build all my family's PCs since the 8080 processors came out and was an IT professional for 26 years. This board took me back more than a decade to when building PC was a struggle. I would not take another of these boards if someone gave it to me.

Do not treat this board as if it were up to modern standards. Do not just build your PC and expect it to work. Start with the minimum hardware: CPU, memory, keyboard, mouse, one hard disk, one graphics card, and one USB flash drive. Go to the EVGA website and download all the updates available for this board. Using another PC, make a bootable OS installation flash drive and copy all of the latest drivers onto it. Install the OS temporarily. Update the BIOS and ME. Only then start trying to build the system you want. As you re-install Windows 7/8, add the RAID driver and then the rest.

Some executive at EVGA should lose their job over this board. Whoever pushed it out onto the market in this state has damaged EVGA's reputation and cost their customers far more hours of frustrated and wasted time than the board is worth. I just hope I don't keep paying for this mistake over the life of this $3,500+ PC.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2014 2:43:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Looks phenomenal. If you take the time to pick out a case with good cable management options you will love the 90° angel on the ATX connector and the placement of the two 8 pin connectors. I opted for the Corsair Air 540 Case and it's perfect.

Cons: Would like better onboard audio like a Creative Labs

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  • SHAYNE R.
  • 3/29/2014 12:04:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond try at X79 platform

Pros: Very nice board, plugged everything in and works flawlessly.(unlike my last board). Design of board is nice and fits pretty much in any ATX case even though its an E-ATX. Bios is set up very nice and easy to use. Bios has a lot of settings but it doesn't feel overwhelming like many other boards do with tons of settings.

Cons: Bios has a few bugs in early versions but they are minimal compared to many other X79 boards.

Other Thoughts: The E on the chipset heatsink should light up!!!

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  • eddie r.
  • 3/17/2014 8:28:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board!!!

Pros: board looks great, runs great and everything worked from the start. bios is the nicest i've messed with. very easy to overclock. and the extra info for each tap in the bios makes it nice.

Cons: bios it ships with 2.07 is a lil buggy. if you get a bsod it will change your first boot option and other lil things... updated to 2.10 and no more issues...

Other Thoughts: ordered an asus rampage iv black edition first and had nothing but issues. rma'ed it and got this and i couldn't be happier. I've had good luck with evga motherboards in the past and this one is looking the same. thanks EVGA!

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  • Troy F.
  • 3/8/2014 3:29:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsModerate/Modern Quad Channel RAM,USB 3.0

Pros: Fairly priced modern LGA2011 Intel X-79 Motherboard that supports Quad-Channel RAM and has both USB 3.0 & 2.0. Uses a reasonably good BIOS, but YOU MUST DOWNLOAD & USE THE LATEST (E789-210) BIOS from the EVGA website. The rest of the motherboard drivers that are on the installation CD will work fine, but be sure to use the newer BIOS if you want a stable system. This is a good motherboard to pair with an Intel Core i7 Extreme 4960X, or 3970X CPU, but you can also save some money by using an Intel Core i7 4930 CPU and just overclocking it.

Cons: Only one out of the 3 BIOS proms on the motherboard I received would run stable. Unfortunately this is not uncommon on many of today's high end mobo's. If your system isn't running stable, try changing the BIOS switch to use a different BIOS, and make sure you're using the newest BIOS from EVGA.
This motherboard doesn't give you an option to update the BIOS during startup like most mobo's do, so you have to download a utility program from EVGA and run it when your PC is up and running and your Operating System is running. Or you'll need to create a special bootable disk and use a USB thumb-drive with the new BIOS file on it. If you go on EVGA's website and read how to do it, or call them, you shouldn't have much trouble updating your BIOS from within the operating system using their utility.

Other Thoughts: This is a good motherboard, but I've had better results, using the same CPU, with a similar motherboard from a different manufacturer. It was a bit more expensive, but the CPU ran stronger and faster in the other board.

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