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EVGA X79 Dark (150-SE-E789-K2) LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400+/2133/1866/1600/1333/1066/800
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EVGA X79 Dark
P/N: 150-SE-E789-K2

The EVGA X79 Dark is a reimagined EVGA X79 platform. Built from the ground up this motherboard has a number of firsts, creating a landmark platform for PC enthusiasts everywhere.

It starts with a full 12-Layer PCB, improving overclocking stability and PCB cooling. The memory trace layout is optimized for compatibility, improved overclocking and full eight DIMM memory support. The CPU VRM is redesigned, using the best industry IR power stages, for efficient power to your CPU. The PCI-E layout is improved, better lane distribution for better performance + PCI-E 3.0 compatibility, and Four-Way SLI support in E-ATX form factor. A slew of great onboard devices including additional Four-Port SATA 6G controller for a total of six SATA 6G ports, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN's 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 so 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.

Key Features

  • Intel X79 Express Chipset
  • Triple BIOS Support
  • 8-Channel High Definition Audio + Optical
  • EZ Voltage Read Points
  • 12 + 2 Phase PWM
  • Onboard CPU Temp Monitor
  • PCI Express 3.0 Ready
  • CLEAR CMOS, Power and Reset
  • E-LEET Software Support
  • Dual 8 Pin CPU Power
  • EVGA EVBot Support
  • PCIE Disable Switches
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.

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, 6-pin aux PCI-E power connector keeps the motherboard clear of any cables that may block airflow. It also looks awesome!

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.

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 PCI-e 1.0 and PCI-e 2.0 devices. It is a must-have feature for PC users who want the latest technology to improve their graphics performance.

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.



Based on Intel X79 chipset


8 x 240-pin DIMM sockets

Maximum of 64GB of DDR3 2400MHz+

Storage I/O

6 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec (4 x Internal + 2 x E-SATA) with support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD

6 x Serial ATA 600MBps (6 x Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

Expansion Slots

5 x PCIe x16/x8, 1 x PCIe x4

Multi I/O

Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)

Integrated Peripherals

8-Channel High Definition (Realtek ALC898)

2 x 10/100/1000 (Intel 82579/82574)

Form Factor

E-ATX Form Factor

Length: 12in. (304.8mm)

Width: 10.375in. (263.5mm)

Operating System Support

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Quick Info


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

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/31/2015 5:46:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent board!

Pros: Working on and having built hundreds of computers since the 90's I know enough to know how much I don't know so I know I am not an expert but know a lot.....if you know what I mean. heh heh.

This is my second one of these boards. The first one I had for about three years and I ended up frying the bios myself through a really stupid bios flash mistake a noob would make so I bought a second one instead of upgrading to new LGA2011 V3 socket. Love this board!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Running six SSD's, two of them Intel 730 Series in RAID 0, and two 10,000rpm Raptors. I love that it has six SATA 3 6Gbps ports for the SSD's. No need to go over all the specs but will say it's a smokin' machine.

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  • David P.
  • 12/6/2014 7:56:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic MB!

Pros: -Posted first try
-Upgrade potential
-Fantastic bios
-Great bang for buck
-Lots of usb ports
-Stays cool on north/south bridge

Cons: -Large
-Don't buy a small case give this baby breathing room
-Drivers outdated (to be expected)
-No wifi on-board
-Spendy socket type (ie processor)
-Not for noobs (sorry this isn't a my first build mobo)

Other Thoughts: This thing has ALMOST everything you need from a motherboard. I am Evga fan-boy all the way The last motherboard I purchased from them lasted 9 years and still was on par with rigs of today. If you spend a bit more on the mobo you get longer longevity out of it. So depending on what you want out of it. Asus is a good choice (imho) but its been in my experience that they burn out faster. If you are thinking that you want to spend some money on a mid-high end gaming rig and you want it to last do yourself a favor get this mobo.

*If you have money to throw at the latest/greatest every 2/3 years this may not be for you.

*I come from the school do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again for a long time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/12/2014 2:41:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs  Great Layout and tons of OC potential

Pros: I'd have to say I love how this board looks. Aside from that, it works exceedingly well too.

The layout is a huge plus, very we'll oriented and designed

The BIOS is highly configurable, albeit not very intuitive. It hits you up front with several pages of options and options hidden in options, but if you take a few minutes you can find whatever you need.

On board control buttons and temperature sensor up by the CPU socket as opposed to at the bottom of the board. When sitting in a case it makes them more accessible by keeping them farther away from the mass of wiring that is a PSU.

Cons: Wish it had more USB wiring connections than it does. As it sits now, one set of USB ports on the front of my case isn't connected.

For some reason they elected to leave several LEDs on the board uncovered with the result being some unpleasantly bright LEDs of varying colors. Not a big deal, but my case has a window directly over those lights so they can be kind of ugly. This is me being nitpicky though.

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  • David L.
  • 6/7/2014 10:22:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmoker

Pros: Nice layout and lots of great features, price tag not too bad

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: After a power supply failure and some other issues (with Battlefield 4) I decided to upgrade my ASUS Striker Extreme but wished to at least double my speed.

Since NewEgg will not give advice on what components will go together I hope this will help out anyone who is thinking about upgrading to this MB.

The main components are directly from the EVGA approved list for this particular MB which anyone can get from their website.

I decided to go away from ASUS because of some problems with their customer service and how difficult it is to get driver support, especially for older/legacy components.

So here goes ...
The build is Thermaltake Smart M 850W power supply, Intel I7-4820K (3.7 GHZ LGA2011) processor, an EVGA Dark (K2), EVGA Geforce GTX 660 Ti, Enermax ETS-T40 Black Twister and 32 Ghb (4 sticks) of G. Skill DDR-2400 (memory kit). All stuffed into a 8 year old Antec tower.

I was going to opt for the next faster Intel I7 CPU, however it was double in price and from what I could discern from others I was going to have to water cool it, especially if I was going to over-clock it ... call me old fashioned, but adding pumps and hoses to an already tight fit was probably going to be problematic. Plus in my mind water and electronics don't really mix well.

Everything fit well except for the G. Skill fans which I opted not to use. Simply not enough room and I couldn't figure out how to attach them dependably. The CPU cooler is a tight fit, but if someone wishes to use the extra 4 memory slots, all that needs to be done is reposition the Black twister fan between 1/4 to 1/2 inch out which should give enough room if it clears your case. And the fan mounts on the Enermax will allow for that reposition nicely.

The first slot for the video card is very close to the cooler, however it will fit. In my case the video card did touch at some points so I opted to move the video to the next PCI-E 16x slot. It would have worked in the first slot with a non-conductive spacer installed (just to make sure).

As far as the final results, even during the heat of battle I have not seen the CPU temp venture above 45C and that only lasts a few short seconds until the CPU fan kicks up in speed (currently while writing this the CPU is at 23C).

I have not ventured into the realm of using the over-clocking function on the motherboard/CPU but my system did benchmark at double the speed from the previous ASUS MB.

All in all I am very pleased. The only downside to the build was Windoze 7. Even thought I tried to prep the hard drive correctly, I still ended up doing a fresh install and am now trying to re-install all of my previous software ... {Heavy sigh}

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  • Tim H.
  • 5/23/2014 7:53:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice board, if it worked

Pros: Lots of good features, and the layout is nice.

Cons: Installed it, got a very pretty splash screen, and a checksum error. When I told it to go to the bios, black screen and a b2 error on the board. I tried clearing cmos, All three of the bios on the board, even pulled out an old video card when I read that it could be a conflict with the evga 770 I have.

Supposedly if I could have updated the bios it would have solved the problem, but I couldn't get past the b2 error.

Other Thoughts: I have several evga video cards that are just incredible, I wish the motherboard would have been as incredible. I can accept that on occasion things come in doa, but I guess they still haven't worked out their bios issues. Such a shame, it is a very pretty board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Tim H,

Thank you for your recent purchase. The B2 error is related to initializing the memory installed onto the motherboard. I would recommend removing all the memory and just putting one stick of memory into slot number one. If the system starts up, proceed with adding memory into slots 3,5,7 then 2,4,6,8 with the system turned off. If you continue to have issues please contact our 24/7 support at 888.881.3842 option 1 or by email at as we are here to help.

EVGA Customer Support

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