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Pros: 10 Cores!
Overclocks like a champ.
Considerable update from the 4930K
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from the 4930K. From Aida, I'm on par with, if not beating low-end Xeons! Windows 10 is much more snappier. And it's helping my NVidia 1070 graphic card a good bit. Air cooling this beast and I was able to meet my overclock of 4.2 on my 4930K. But the temps and voltage were a bit higher then I'd like. I have since dropped it down to 4.0. Please remember, the 6950 is clocked lower than the 4930. While most games don't use more than 4 cores, the games I have seem to like my new setup. If you have the money to burn, or you need to be the first kid on the block with this toy....I say go for it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: x99 chipset supporting the latest cpu's.
SoundBlaster Recon 3DI built in.
10 SATAIII ports
8 DDR3 slots to support up to 128G of ram!
Huge improvement in the BIOS over the X79 Classified.
Cons: CPU Package is too close to PCI slot one. This causes issues with air cooling and a video card in slot 1.
Not enough USB2.0 headers on the board.
Other Thoughts: My expectations for this board were pretty high coming from the X79 Classified. This board met and exceeded those expectations. It overclocks like a champ. Took my 6970K to 4.2 with little fuss. I have a SoundBlaster ZXR2 installed, but the onboard Recon 3DI chip puts out just as good sound, at least over headphones using front connector. The BIOS is much improved. Memory compatibility is a bit of an issue -- that seems to be a problem with most EVGA board. The set I originally bought worked with the more recent board for the chipset but not officially with this board. Luckily I was able to do a quick swap through Newegg. The only really negative thing I can say is the memory and cpu socket is placed too close to the first PCI Slot. If you are doing liquid, it's not an issue. But if you are doing air, forget it. Any decent air setup with push the fans and or rads over the PCI slot. But since I only run 1 video card, it's not an issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: GTX 1080, massive power, massive card. Fixed an issue where streaming tv on my secondary monitor on DVI would really mess up the display when playing a game on the primary monitor. No Mans Sky runs a lot better now at max settings. Very quiet even under load.
Cons: Reference design, but I knew that, no deduction in eggs. However, the HDMI connectors....Only one worked with my HDMI, there was nothing in the manual to explain this. It's really only worth a half egg deduction, but can't do that. Driver shipped with card is not identified as DX11. But a quick update fixed that.
Other Thoughts: This card is incredible! I went from a 770 clocked at 1085 to this card clocked at 1607 and my 3D Mark went form 10477 to 21399. That's nearly a 100% increase! This was on a x79 board running a 4930K oc'd to 4.2mHz with 64gig of ram. I haven't even messed with overclocking this bad boy. I can't wait to put this in my new system next week when all the parts are in. Going to an X99 with 128g of ram with a 6950x!READ FULL REVIEW