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Pros: - Bought the Red/Blue VEGAS 140mm fans at $19.49 each
- Very quiet on low setting. Does make a slight hum when I have all five 140mm fans installed
- lots of color modes, but I think most everyone will just use the solid color mode anyway.
- long cable length is great for large cases
Cons: - does anyone actually like the blinking LED modes? Too annoying for me. I just stick with solid on or off.
- part of the cables at the base of the fan are bunched together so tight, that it makes a bulge on the side of the fan. When I had to install it, I had to re-set all of them to compact it down, in order to lay flat against the side of the case.
Other Thoughts: I think I read someone else's review that actually complained about the long cable length... they obviously never heard of a zip tie. If they sold these fans with short cables, there would be tons of returns because they don't reach in large cases.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - absolutely love the layout, it should be the new standard design for desktop computers
- PSU in the back means there is less heat flowing up into the VGA cards and the CPU area.
- solid black has a nice soft-touch surface feel
- fits 5x140mm fans
- magnetic fan filter included
- SSD cage in the back, & 2 HDD/SSD trays in the front
- nothing feels inferior about it
Cons: - a bit pricey at $150, considering that this wont fit a lot of HDDs or ODDs... I would think $99 would be the better selling point.
Other Thoughts: Seriously, bottom-mounted PSUs that are below the Motherboard are old school. There are so many new form designs that move that heat maker away from the goods. Which can prolong the life of all of your parts. Not to mention the great airflow without a HDD cage blocking the motherboard. This design is brilliant, and sexy.READ FULL REVIEW
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