EVGA X79 Dark Motherboard Review
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Intel just released their fastest CPU to-date; the Intel Core i7 4960X and while it wasn’t a dramatic improvement over the previous generation it offers better performance-per-watt compared to the 3960X, along better multi-threaded performance that ranges from 5% to 15%. Similarly, the x79 platform doesn’t come with any major changes, as the 4960X is a drop in upgrade that requires a simple BOIS flash to ensure compatibility and other than that nothing else has really changed.
This doesn’t mean the x79 platform has lost any of its luster since the launch though and in fact just the opposite has happened. It is still the fastest platform on the market and with the features such as 40 PCIe lanes, quad-channel memory support and support for 6 core processors with 12 execution units makes it still reign supreme over all other platforms currently on the market.
First and foremost, we need to mention the motherboard we are looking at is the EVGA X79 Dark, which thanks to a BIOS update is one of the boards that officially support Intel Ivy Bridge-E processors. It is also a reimagined EVGA X79 motherboard that has been redesigned from the ground up to come with a number of firsts, such as a full 12 Layer PCB, improving overall overclock stability and PCB cooling. The memory trace layout has also been optimized for compatibility, improved overclocking and full 8 DIMM memory support.
In addition, the CPU VRM has been redesigned using the best industry IR power stages and it has dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, to provide solid current to the CPU while overclocking.
The BIOS has also gone through a dramatic update over the previous generation boards and it now features EVGA’s first UEFI visual BIOS. The BIOS are stated to be designed for functionality, so there is not splash screen, or convoluted layout with a steep learning curve. Instead it has a get in, and get out design that allows you to tweak the components you want and get back to gaming, or whatever else it is you do with your computer. We are guessing, it has nothing to do with porn!
The EVGA x79 Dark is not a cheap motherboard by any means. The cheapest we could find this board online for was $399 at Newegg.com, which puts it up there with the most expensive boards in the x79 platform.