- LGA 2011
- Intel X79
- 4×240pin DDR3 2133 / 1866 / 1800 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
F.O.A. - Fail on Arrival 01/30/2012
I'm giving it 2 eggs instead of just 1 because I don't actually own it. However, I would be an owner if the board didn't look like such a miserable failure from a company I expected better from. Gonna go with Asus this round.
I apologize in advance to EVGA, who I'm usually a loyal customer to, for the scathing review but they need to be held accountable for a flawed, lackluster implementation of the X79e chipset. This doesn't even begin to compare to the older X58 Classified in terms of relative features or specs. It would be like making the X58 Classified with only 3 DIMM's and the bare minimum of X58 capabilities. There isn't even a special X79e ECP like with X58 and P67 EVGA boards. So disappointing it's painful...
Where to start? The biggest fail is the XL-ATX form-factor. No other X79e board takes up this much space and requires a special chassis. What benefit is gained from the extra space? Nothing apparently; all other 4-way SLI compatible boards use E-ATX, much more compatible with the majority of enthusiast cases, and come jam-packed with useful features and extras that are lacking here. I expect 8 DIMM's with my X79e, especially if I become limited in my case selection.
Only 6 SATA ports (bare minimum) really hurts too. Marvell LAN is a nutkicker when Asus is moving to HQ Intel ethernet controllers.
Realtek audio is a standard subpar onboard solution among most boards BUT here you must pick between adding a REAL soundcard or using multiple GPU's due to x8/x8/x8 PCIe lane bandwidth limitations. And who the heck buys a board this expensive [overpriced] to just run a single video card? The Asus RIVE allows me to add an audio card AND run 2-way SLI with full x16/x8/x16 bandwidth.
I've read other reviews here on Newegg and elsewhere on the 'Net and there seems to be a consensus that the EVGA "UEFI" BIOS is immature and clumsy. I'm not sure about its overclockability; based on price point you'd expect it to be one of the best OC'ers available but based on how many corners were cut with its feature set and it's questionable design choices, I wouldn't get my hopes up. Besides, a mere 12-phase PWM doesn't sound like extreme-overclocking potential.
Another despicable aspect is that not only is there no 3rd party SATA chipset for extra internal ports, but the chipset used for eSATA is none other than the infamous Marvell SATA-6 chipset.
I'm not sure if EVGA could have scewged this up any worse. Only $10 more and you can get the premium Asus Rampage IV Extreme instead of this strippo beta product. Hopefully EVGA gets their shi-, er, stuff together for their next gen of X79e boards. Hope the SR-3 isn't gonna be this lame...
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