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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

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  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400+/2133/1866/1600/1333/1066/800

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Brad E.
  • 1/7/2016 10:12:51 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest mobo for the price!

Pros: The title is slightly misleading, I would even compare this to more expensive models of mobos that have came out after this one. I have had this one going on 2 years now, and have not had any issues that were not really of my own doing. If you can afford the newer EVGA models then go buy them! If youre looking for a rig on a bit tighter budget, please do yourself a favor and buy this board. It is an XL board due to the 4way SLI, so make sure your case or the case you buy is an XL case. Plenty of room to breath in here if you place your expansions right. I only have a GTX 980 and sound card (simply due to the fact that Skype and video games keep reverting back to the main PC default sound, so to avoid that I just bought a decent little creative sound card) The board also looks awesome, I have a white case and all my internals are black and red, even my new RAM will be red to accent the board. The BIOS generally comes with an outdated flash, but you can easily flash it yourself. EVGA also has top notch support that has helped me with several trouble shooting tips and their forums are amazing for some help that isnt in EVGA's book.

Cons: No cons, just remember the board is large.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this board. If you can afford to change boards every 2 years or so, then just buy one of the newer models. If youre ballin on a budget, get this, RAM for this is about $100 for 16GB. (I personally recommend G.SKILL but go to .SKILLS website to find what RAM is compatible *or whoever your favorite RAM manufacturer is*) just because it fits doesnt mean it was made to be compatible, unfortunately I learned this the hard way (my own fault)
Again EVGA has the best customer support I have had the pleasure of dealing with, I used to work customer support over the phone and understand how stressful the job is, and these guys and gals are always pleasant. They have RMA'ed a few products for me with quick and easy transactions. They dont send you refurbished parts like most companies are doing now to save money. They pull out a brand new box, take out all the extra stuff and send you a brand spanking new replacement for what is messed up, nothing more nothing less.

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  • Brad E.
  • 1/7/2016 8:17:13 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this mobo

Pros: Whats not to love about this mobo? 3 configurable BIOS, makes it easy if you OC too much and one isnt bootable, you just flip a switch and BAM youre on your second or third BIOS and can fix the first one. The size is set up for 4-way SLI which would be very nice if you are needing the extra slots. 8 ram slots makes it VERY easy to upgrade to 64GB RAM. The support from EVGA is very awesome, I had an issue flashing my BIOS (after an easy RMA with EVGA, I figured out why the flash wasnt working) The BIOS also makes for easy OCing, and EVGA also has other programs to assist with monitoring and OCing from your OS.

Cons: Not a Con on EVGA or the X79, more of myself...but just because RAM will fit in the motherboard doesnt mean it should go in. Make sure you check the vendors website (I prefer G.SKILL) they have RAM finders and will show you the RAM that has been tested and designed for specific motherboards. I am currently sitting on 16GB of RAM that works on my computer, but wasnt built for my computer, so I cant run any of the XMP profiles or else I will BSOD.

Other Thoughts: While this isnt the top of the line product anymore and I dont believe its sold anymore, any EVGA product you buy will come with great warranties and support from EVGA, just make sure you make an account with them and register all your products and upload your invoices. I strictly buy EVGA mobos and video cards, and my next build will also have their PSU's in it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/31/2015 5:46:46 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Newegg@evga.com as we are here to help.

Sincerely,
EVGA Customer Support

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