EVGA X99 Micro Motherboard Review: Haswell-E And MicroATX

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ohim

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Sorry .. for i don`t know what reason i saw a 485$ price tag initially ...that was an insane price.
 

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EVGA makes good motherboards. I love my X79 I purchased. But X99 for $485 is truly insane for any motherboard manufacturer. They're riding the Intel inflation wave.

Also, Amazon is selling this board for $250 USD. (http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Socket-2666Mhz-Motherboard-131-HE-E995-KR/dp/B00MY3SKEY) Lucky us.
 

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Got this board last month for a LAN build and am loving it so far (paired with an Evga 980 SC and 5930k, dual 240 rad and CPU/GPU waterblocks) board offers all the features I was looking for except the option for M2 storage which was slightly annoying but bearable, I consider the 4 slots of RAM a bonus, only going to use 4 anyways and frees up space for the smaller factor,
Only real complaints I have with the board are 1) the IO backplate it came with was a plain silver and just looked cheap (painted it matte black to match the build) and 2) 2 of the fan headers are only settable via the bios and do not change (have used speedfan and bios for the PWM headers) so had to do some quick mods to make the rad fans run off two headers but not a huge deal,
The IO shield is a cool little option unfortunately since I was doing liquid in a tight case (Corsair 350D) had to remove it to make the tubes reach the top rad, haven't OC it fully yet (just got 4GHz on the chip for now) but looking forward to opening it up :)
 

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Just about everything about LGA2011(-3) comes with insane prices anyway when compared against mainstream sockets. At least some 4x4GB DDR4 kits have already gone down by about $100 since Haswell-E's introduction.
 

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SU11YBEAR,
Ah the 350D, that is one awesome case! I had the fortune of building in one and the experience was worth writing home to. If you're watercooling as in proper watercooling loop, then you might consider yourself sold on the idea of a PWM splitter courtesy of Swiftech...? You can use the CPU's fan header and yet run 8 fans off of that one header.

Amdlova,
I remember when my Asus Rampage Extreme(X48) board cost that much paired with DDR3 ram... but at the time it was worth it :) Thus for those who'll need it, it isn't a case of insane pricing but rather if it caters to their needs. Compromises can be had and one of them can possibly be wallet implosion :lol:
 

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Not really , Ivy-Bridge E motherboards and memory are not that expansive. there is nothing new about the new Generation , just DDR4 which will make no difference in Quad channel anyways ...
 

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The cheapest IB-E CPUs were still ~$100 more than the most expensive LGA1155 models and most motherboards were also $100-200 more than typical LGA1155 motherboards. That's a $200-300 premium for almost no extra performance over an i7-3770k. I would say that qualifies as an insane entry cost.

With Haswell-E, you get two extra cores even in the lowest-end model. Those used to cost yet another $200 extra on IB-E. This kind of offsets the $100-200 added cost of 16-32GB DDR4.

Basically, in either case, you end up paying about $500 extra to make LGA2011(-3) worth the trouble.
 

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Those things are relatively low production volume and to fit all the traces needed for the extra memory channels, the board likely need 2-4 extra layers compared to mainstream boards. This combination of higher manufacturing cost and low volume to amortize R&D effort on makes them inherently more expensive. The MSRP is pretty far on the extreme side though.
 

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I'm really interested in high performance, small footprint mATX and mITX builds, and it's great to see motherboard manufacturers like EVGA embracing the concept, and this is one area where Intel wins hands down and AMD lacks in. Before AMD fanboys jump on this comment, name me one mITX motherboard that supports socket AM3+ with 990FX chipset, you can't do it, can you?

My next build will definitely be a high performance, low profile mATX rig. I'm hoping to use the Aerocool Cube 3 DS case and this motherboard.
 

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I will never use LGA 2011 platform for gaming. It is too expensive. Especially when GPU is the most important part in a gaming system... not CPU.

If I want a system for professional audio/video production or to run some engineering application, then it is a different story.
 

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OMG... how could I function without a VGA port and a floppy disk drive! Thank God it has lots and lots of obsolete USB 2.0 ports. It's important to cram as much obsolete technology as possible into any new PC!
 

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take time to read the second or third post also sometimes.. it showed for me at a price of 400+$ then it came back with the real pricing of 249.
 

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The X99 platform is limited to six total USB 3.0 ports, all of which are exposed on this board. To have more than six 3.0 ports right now, you'd have to load down the board with extra 3.0 controllers, and that just drives the price up. Doing so is a waste in any case because the only devices that take any advantage of 3.0 over 2.0 are data storage based. Input/ouput peripherals like keyboards, mice, and printers are just fine on 2.0.
 

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Tons of keyboards, mice and other low-speed input peripherals are still USB 1.0/1.1 and I doubt this will change any time soon since USB 1.x is already overkill for those.

I agree it is funny to see people ranting about not all ports being USB3 when the majority of devices people will connect to their PC might not even be USB2 so they would just end up wasting USB3 ports on USB1/2 devices anyway.
 
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