- Intel X79
- Core i7 (LGA2011)
- DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
Do it! 05/31/2013
Very, very nice board. You don't really do any better than this. Tri-SLI plus an extra x8 slot for a SAS controller (or quad-SLI), LGA 2011, Xeon friendly, runs ECC memory without complaint. The onboard POST readout is a nice touch.
I suppose a second NIC would have been nice, but I can see how they may not have had any PCIe lanes to spare... still, the absolute best LGA2011 board that there is.
Docking an egg for it's lack of granular controls - the last board I had was an Intel Siler, I miss being able to define fan behaviour with total flexibility per port, and the Intel tuning utility was a lot cleaner and easier to deal with.
Also, I wish that the board was geared a bit more towards stability than O-M-G UBERCLOCKING. It's running $2000 worth of chippery, Intel knows what they are doing and if it was possible to make this stuff *reliably* faster they would already be doing it.
My board shipped with the "Liquid Nitrogen" jumper enabled, and it would hang on POST quite often before I caught it. I mean, really. LN2? Sounds like a totally insane way to torture very expensive kit to death to me.
The POST readout is in a bit of an awkward spot, most top-mount PSU installs will have cables running over it; would have been nice to see some kind of remote mount for this.
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