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This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Rocking 4.5 on my 3930K at 39C, excellent fit on the EVGA X79 Dark. Noctua actually certifies this cooler for both the Dark and G.Skill memory.
Cons: Could have used a third hand to install
Other Thoughts: I first tried a Zalman, and it did not fit on the X79 Dark. So, back to the drawing board, and did my research the next time around. This one fits like a glove. Noctua provided measurements that it would fit the board and memory. Installation was probably the easiest I have ever experienced. Even so, a third hand would come in handy when you are trying to screw in the spring loaded screws. With that said, it's hardly worth knocking an egg off for it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 64 Gig, G.Skill
Cons: Unable to use the fan kits, Price
Other Thoughts: I love this memory set. It works great on the EVGA x79 dark. With the X79 Dark, you will not be ale to use the supplied fans if you have a large heat sink installed. I'm not too worried about heat from the memory, since my Noctura heat sink has multiple fans that move air over the memory. I can't fault Newegg or G.Skill for that though, so I didn't knock an egg off. This kit is expensive. Do your research first and save yourself a few bucks by going with the fanless kit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Native support for PCI-E 3.0, 2 lan ports, plenty of SATA ports, USB 3.0, built in Bluetooth. Looks pretty sexy.
Cons: Outdated drivers, Odd and difficult power connectors. Marvel drivers. Memory slots are really tight against the processor.
Other Thoughts: I love this board! It has many SATA 3 ports, though 6 of them are on a marvel controller. Do not plug in a dvd drive in those ports, it won't work. Power connectors are difficult to use. The 24 pin connector is at a 90 degree orientation. The two 8 pin CPU ports are in the middle of a heat sink and are difficult to plug in after the board is installed in the case. The memory slots are really close to the processor, making it hard to find the right heat sink. I found that the Noctura sink worked best. Make sure that you research what heat sinks are confirmed to work on this board. The drivers are outdated. And if you disable the Marvel controller, you will kill one lan port, some of the USB ports and the Bluetooth. The SATA III ports on the Marvel controller do not like optical drives. The BIOS is the best that I've ever seen. It fully supports video ufie. This board is easy to OC. I got my 4930K running at 4.5 with no voltage change. It also has 3 different BIOS chips, making flashing safe and easy. The board also has a six pin power adapter to provide addition power to the PCI slots. If you want a 2011 board, I highly recommend this one.READ FULL REVIEW