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Donald B.

Donald B.

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Most Favorable Review

I am very impressed!

EVGA X79 DARK - LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 E-ATX Motherboard with Brand New GUI BIOS (150-SE-E789-KR)
EVGA X79 DARK - LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 E-ATX Motherboard with Brand New GUI BIOS (150-SE-E789-KR)

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

Overall Review: 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.

12/22/2013
Most Critical Review

Dissappointed

Silver 6 Channel Multi Fan Controller
Silver 6 Channel Multi Fan Controller

Pros: Looks nice, cables plenty long enough to make connections without having to buy extensions. ( power connector little short however but it was still ok ) Silver finish looks good.

Cons: My unit came with two of the lights not working, only 4 out of 6 of the lights illuminate, and one knob just turns completely , does not stop at max or min. All 6 appear to at least power the fans anyway. Also as another reviewer mentioned, if you have a tool less case, you may find you have to push the unit back in further than you might want to get it to seat properly. Not a big bother, but I would have preferred having the front flush with my bay.

Overall Review: For the price I would have expected better quality than having two lights not illuminate and one knob messed up. Hopefully mine is the exception rather than the rule.

12/17/2009

Fantastic Enthusiast Case

NZXT Phantom 820 Series CA-PH820-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Phantom 820 Series CA-PH820-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Size - Plenty of room to accommodate about any cooling setup. My EVGA X-79 Dark EATX mb fit in it perfectly, proper standoffs were already in place. My new Corsair H100i radiator and fans fit in the top perfectly, I put the two fans on top of chassis, with screws through the fans, then the chassis, and into the radiator. Had it installed in 10 minutes. Hardware - Screws came in a nice box separated out by size for organization. Nice change from the bag with all screws mixed in. Fan controller - fan cable headers - gives you plenty of connectors to hook case fans up to. Control fan speeds and led light colors, also on or off on lights, with the controller. Also there is a light on the back of the chassis for the IO panel, makes seeing it easy in a darkened room. Very nice feature. 200MM case fans, with filters for intake fans. Filter on bottom of case as well, easy to pull out for cleaning and put back in.

Cons: My only real con was lack of " clear" explanation in the tiny print manual that was mostly pictures and little words to explain. I was overwhelmed with all the cables and connectors coming through the chassis as to what they were all for - they were tied together neatly, but it was just overwhelming to me. Finally after getting system set up , I realized all I had to do was plug a molex power connector from my power supply to the molex connector coming through the chassis, and voila had power for all my fans and fan controller. ( of course plugged the fans into those fan connectors coming through the chassis as well)... Once I got playing around with the controller, realized pushing the led light button in toggles the lights on and off along with what zones are lit, along with the button on the case for controlling case fan speeds, it all came together for me. The manual could be much clearer on explaining all of that up front. This is really the only reason I am not giving it 5 stars.

12/30/2013

VG278HE - Finally like it!

ASUS VG278HE 27" 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI , D-Sub, Dual-link DVI-D (Support NVIDIA 3D Vision) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ASUS VG278HE 27" 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI , D-Sub, Dual-link DVI-D (Support NVIDIA 3D Vision) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: 144 Hz refresh rate - great for gaming Nice stand easily adjustable Lot of settings one can tweak in the OSD 27" screen is perfect for my setup, easier to read websites and text.

Cons: Mine had horrible stock display settings as it came in to me. Took about 3 days of reading up on the internet, tweaking settings, to get it to look really good for me.

Overall Review: I purchased all new components for a system build, all from Newegg, for a new build I did two weeks ago today. The other items I have already reviewed, and held out on this monitor to give it a fair chance. Had I reviewed it the day I received, or day after for that matter, it would have not been so good a review. Mine arrived in great shape, Newegg shipping was great as always, I elected 2nd business day, and as usual had it in one day. This is my first 100hz+ monitor, and I was very excited. Got it unpacked, stand assembled easily. I really like the way you can move it up and down to personal preference so easily. Ok so plug it into my new system, using the DVI cable hooked to my DVI-D port on on GTX 770. ( I had already read that HDMI did not support the higher 144hz refresh rate). Turned it on and was like this looks horrible. So I began adjusting and tweaking the settings in the OSD. Btw, I like the push buttons versus the thermal buttons on my Samsung. So anyway after much adjusting, I just could not get it to the " man this looks great" feeling I was looking for. Colors seemed washed out to me. Honestly by the next morning, I was seriously considering calling Newegg and asking if I could return and get a different monitor. But I decided to hang in there and keep working with it. So some more internet searching, and I find where some recommend grabbing an ICC profile for it at another popular website that specializes in these things. Once I did that, and got it installed and set to my default profile, things really started coming together for me. Now, after about 10 days, I can say " wow" this looks really good. Love gaming on it, it is gorgeous. I will say, blacks are not as " deep" I guess, as they are on my Samsung ( have it set up beside as a secondary monitor). But I can live with that, having the higher refresh, the 27" screen, and gaming looking so good on it, I am quite satisfied now with my purchase. Based on some of the reviews I have read to date, sounds like it is hit or miss how this monitor will arrive to you in regards to how it is set up for display. It may be close to what you want, but may be far off. If you don't like messing with adjusting and tweaking it to your liking, this may not be the monitor for you. If you don't mind doing the tweaking and adjusting, you can certainly get it to looking really good. I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars, I gave it 4 simply because it does look so good to me now, but it was with some pain and effort to get it that way, otherwise it probably would have gotten 5 stars.

12/30/2013

Went from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 and...

Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)

Pros: Very Fast Works beautifully with SSD's Boot time : From push of the power button, to 8.1 desktop on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD - 15 seconds. Optimizes SSD's - no need for any tweaking of the drive itself. Start Button is back in 8.1 ( partly)

Cons: Metro Interface - what else? Windows Media Player no longer plays DVD's ( video), unless go with the Pro Version, or purchase Windows Pro Pack to get Media Center for 100 bucks. (of course there is third party software for this as well )

Overall Review: Based on what I had heard and read, I was very reluctant to make the change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I was in process of doing a new computer build, and heard about 8.1 being released and it bringing the start button back - so I decided to go ahead and purchase 8.1 and give it a try. Took some major adjustments on my part to get used to it, and I am still in that process. Yes, 8.1 brings a start button to the screen, but it ain't the familiar Start button like in Windows 7. First thing I did was set Windows to boot to desktop. Click start button and what happens - boom, the Metro GUI is staring me in the face. This GUI is fine for tablets/cell phones, for a desktop PC and what we do with them, more cumbersome than functional. For me at least this soon in the learning curve. However, one can right click the Start button, and it brings up several familiar choices you can choose from: Like search, control panel, task manager, device manager, file explorer, etc. But NO "all programs" button. You have to either do a search for your program, go to the Metro gui apps screen, or have a shortcut on your desktop or pinned to taskbar for your program you want to run. One other annoyance for me, I could not get a DVD movie to play in Windows Media Player. I thought something was wrong, messed up in my setup or settings. After doing a search, I learned they took this functionality away for Media Player in Windows 8. Of course though Windows Media Center will play them, and you can get it - by purchasing the Pro pack for 100 bucks. In my case, I don't think so, there are other media players out there. SSD's - It really shines here, optimized for use on an SSD and very, very fast. Finally, I am glad I went ahead and went with it. It is very robust, and the more I use it the more I like it and find ways around some of the annoyances.

12/23/2013

Blazing fast on Windows 8.1

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW

Pros: It's an SSD - a huge con. Basically just plug and play on my system, put in a new system build last week - installed Windows 8.1 for this new build. Now this was my very first SSD I have owned, so I really can not compare it to other SSD's. However I had always heard how fast SSD's are. In researching my purchase, I saw a lot of good feedback for these 840 Pros, and folks on some other forums were recommending highly, so I made the choice to go with these. Finished my new build, installed Windows 8.1 64 bit, and wow this thing is so fast. From the time I hit the power button on my pc to the Windows 8.1 desktop, is 15 seconds. Needless to say, I am extremely pleased. And I don't think Windows has actually optimized it just yet, so should just get even better.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I actually purchased two of these, had ordered one and then a week later ordered another, to have more room to put more games on as well in addition to the OS. You want to run these on Intel SATA III ports - some board have additional SATA III ports that are Marvell - the Intel ports I understand are much better suited for these drives. If I had it to do over knowing what I do now, I would have gotten one larger SSD as my board has only two of the Intel SATA III ports, currently they are now both occupied with these drives so if I want to add another guess I will have to use one of the Marvell ports.

12/22/2013