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Old 12-30-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Evga X79 SLI a worthy purchase?

Hello everyone,i will be ordering some stuff from newegg this evening and was wondering if anyone has any good insight to this particular motherboard?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188121

Been looking high and low for a board for $180 or less and this one is on clearance for $130 and it seems like a mixed review board and curious to see if its worth purchasing?

The board will be housing 8gb of g skill ripjaws 4x2gb ddr1600,a 3930k and it offers all i need,but it seems people pop these things,perhaps to high of a overclock?

Board offers usb ports,sli support and with this board i will be taking the 3930k as high as stock voltage allows,but is this board a worthy buy?
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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I personally would avoid EVGA mostly because they pretty much SUCK when it comes to future support. For example, their P67 and Z68 boards - they claimed the chipsets physically don't support Ivy Bridge and refused to release a bios update for them just so they could con people into buying Z77 boards instead.

That said, there's a reason this board is so cheap now. I doubt you'll get much overclocking ability out of it. Be weary if you ever plan on upgrading ti IVB-E in the future, as this board probably will never get a bios update to support it with the way EVGA operates.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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I also saw this board on a pre-Christmas day special and from just looking at the reviews along with the X79 chipset only supporting 2 x SATA III 6Gbps and non-native USB 3.0 I decided to take a pass.

There is a reason why is has been marked down so low for clearance.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:06 AM   #4
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Yeah,i did a little more reading on the board and honestly i would be nervous just trying it.

Found this combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...=Combo.1162236

That board offers what i need as well,2 sata 6 ports,plenty of usb 2.0 ports as i honestly don't have a single usb 3.0 thumb or device,supports sli down the road if i decide to do it while having the proper space i am looking for in case i add in a dedicated sound card as well and the big bonus being the intel nic and the only complaints are nick pickers it seems like.

Guess you get what you paid for,$130 for a cheap motherboard with nothing but quality control issues and you almost wonder how the hell it can even be sold.

Thanks guys for the help and advice.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:16 AM   #5
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Just found out the 3930k has a promo code dropping it from $570 to $499 lol,that opens up some choices.
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I also purchased this from new egg, $99 with mail in rebate. Cheap for the quad memory, and more pcie lanes that the x79 offers. Also 2011 socket has more room to grow then the 1155.


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Old 01-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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I also purchased this from new egg, $99 with mail in rebate. Cheap for the quad memory, and more pcie lanes that the x79 offers. Also 2011 socket has more room to grow then the 1155.


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Never picked up the Evga x79 sli,ended up getting the Intel X79TO which i like so far.

Good luck with your board. If it works out well for you let us know and perhaps drop your specs into this thread?
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I also purchased this from new egg, $99 with mail in rebate. Cheap for the quad memory, and more pcie lanes that the x79 offers. Also 2011 socket has more room to grow then the 1155.


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Let us know how it works out.

I had an eVGA X79 FTW that wouldn't work with 3 GPU's installed, but worked fine with 2 GPU's
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Let us know how it works out.

I had an eVGA X79 FTW that wouldn't work with 3 GPU's installed, but worked fine with 2 GPU's
FTW my ass,$130 tops gets you a cheap by standards z77 asrock extreme 4 that can do sli the right way with proper spacing,and the craptastic x79 FTW can't do 3 way sli without complications?Holy hell huh?
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:21 PM   #10
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Let us know how it works out.

I had an eVGA X79 FTW that wouldn't work with 3 GPU's installed, but worked fine with 2 GPU's

1 x EVGA X79 SLI 132-SE-E775-K2 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x MSI N660TI-2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1 x Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-

750W power supply

240gb Samsung 840 SSD

Just updated the Bios to 045
http://forums.evga.com/X79-BIOS-updates-m2238203.aspx
Memory, cpu and Gpu all strong 2 years now. I've haven't needed to OC the cpu much but I think I might when I get some free time. Getting 100 FPS at 1920x1080 on WOW on Ultra. All other games ultra getting 30+ fps. Usually 60+. Only game I've lagged on was Thief on MAX everything. I think the 2gb video card is the bottle neck. Will upgrade to GTX 970 in the future. Then get another one and do a SLI 2x 970's. For a total of 8gb. Tho for getting this mother board for $99 after rebate on Black Friday 2012. It was worth it. Very rich features and nice quad channel memory. Power buttons and cmos reset on board. The Bios Did suck initially, But EVGA has continued support and the new 45 Bios is very nice. Compared to the barebones bios of 2 years ago.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:58 AM   #11
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Wasn't a X79 board pretty high-end when it first came out!?! Why wouldn't it support 3 graphics? With the new bios from EVGA, it'll do the job?
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Wasn't a X79 board pretty high-end when it first came out!?! Why wouldn't it support 3 graphics? With the new bios from EVGA, it'll do the job?
I actually like the X79 boards better than these new X99 boards because you can install a Core i7 3820 or 4820 for less than $350 and have enough PCI-E lanes for double or even triple SLI / Crossfire.

With the new X99 you have to a buy a $500 or more CPU just to do this. The Core i7 5820 costs like $350 or more and only has something like 28 PCI-E Express lanes meaning you can't do 2x16 PCI-E 3.0 SLI or Crossfire.
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