Originally Posted by DrFPS
IMHO I dont care what a board looks like, i only it see once, or twice, you know.
Knowing EVGA they will knock another one out of the park like the now famous X58 Classified.
The x79 design pissesmeoff. Nothing like shoving WC down our throats. What are you going to do. This will b my next board. Can't wait.
If you're talking about the RAM slots on bot sides of the socket that has a good reason. The further from the CPU the RAM slots are the more possible latency can arise. If they threw 8 RAM slots on one side of the socket the latency to the furthest slot will be astronomical. This setup allows the RAM lanes to be equidistant from the socket.
This is the only option when talking about quad channel with decent latency.
Don't think that there won't be any air coolers compatible with X79. Noctua showed a promising air cooler over the summer with cut outs for high RAM on the X79 platform.