- Intel X79
- Core i7 (LGA2011)
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I am very impressed! 12/22/2013
Almost too many to try to mention. Great looking board. Sata III support. USB3 support. Bluetooth. 12 layer PCB. Voltage read pins. Lots of very nice accessories, like 2 nice round SATA III cables. 3 position bios selector switch - huge feature, can store 3 different bios versions at a time. UEFI support.
And then the biggie - a very sexy GUI bios, even has mouse support. EVGA's outstanding customer support.
More SATA II cables would have been nice, like many other builders I had plenty laying around though.
Early bios' were a bit buggy, the last two have been solid.
Hard to find in stock - but that is due to popularity - a good sign.
Not lot of information in the manual, or bios, describing all the different bios functions one can adjust - and there are many.
This latest offering from EVGA is going to be a big winner. For years EVGA was well known for their excellent boards, and excellent bios'. More recently, that reputation got a little tarnished with the loss of some of the aces in their bios team, and the troubled start with the X-79 chipset line of boards. They will start getting the good rep back though if they continue on like they are with this board.
I was hesitant at first, but after much reading I finally pulled the trigger and ordered this board from Newegg in late Sept. Since then, have been ordering other components for this build, which I finally assembled this past Monday.
I have been building systems for 20 years, and this one was by far the most trouble free one to set up I have had. It has been rock solid since day one without a glitch. It is powered by an I-7 4820K processor a Corsair H100i cooler, sitting in a Phantom 820 Case.
The best part: The way cool new GUI bios. One can even make selections with the mouse. So many features that can be tweaked/ tuned, the enthusiast will have more options available than know what to do with. And the 3 position bios switch, what a great feature to have. EVGA releases a new bios? No worries, boot into windows, download the new bios - move the bios selector to another position while at desktop, run the bios flash, shut down and reboot from new bios and good to go, with the older bios still in another position should something go awry.
From the moment I first hit the power switch for the first time till now, it has been performing solidly for me. Is blazing fast at anything I throw at it, and have not even begun to overclock it yet, which I do plan on doing. From what I have seen I should not have any trouble getting it to 4.5-4.6 ghz. But as I said, it is so fast for me now I am not feeling pressed to get it overclocked right away.
I set it up in full UEFI mode, and installed Windows 8.1 on a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD. From the moment I hit the power switch to the time I am at the Windows desktop is right at 15 seconds. And this is not even with the " fast boot" option in the bios on!
I moved up from an EVGA X-58 chipset build to this one, and could not be happier. I would highly recommend this board to any enthusiast that would like to try out this newest X-79 socket 2011 offering from EVGA.
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