Originally Posted by McGee-zax
Yeah first thing i noticed, just makes the board looks so clean, but whats weird is Gigabyte didn't implement it on there x79 OC like they did with the x58 OC, seems like a step backwards.
I must say EVGA boards look the best and has the best support out of all.
Asus looks like a cluster fk ready to DOA and Gigabyte just look like they're not even trying.
I feel that way about these EVGA boards.
The aesthetics are just confusing at best. For the uppermost heatsink, they chose a smooth, rounded off design similar to that on the Asus Rampage, which would've been fine if they maintained that throughout the whole board but on the bottom "south bridge" heatsink, EVGA chose an incredibly outdated blocky look that isn't even a proper square--it's just spreading out all over the place like a bad virus. Worse yet is that they punched holes in the "south bridge" heatsink so they could jam on buttons that look incredibly out of place--I mean seriously, the buttons are not even on the same placement level. It just looks like a mess.
Asus probably has some of the cleanest looking boards for how much stuff they're trying to pack onto their boards. The Deluxe in particular looks outstanding, and they even managed to add a "north bridge" heatsink on the board, which isn't cooling anything as far as I'm aware of but still provides additional surface area. However, the biggest reason it looks clean is that all heatsinks have a similar aesthetic style unlike the EVGA boards.
Gigabyte's boards are by far my favorite. Clean, simple, and sharp. Both top and bottom heatsinks maintain the same aesthetic design, and the bold contrasting colors against a matte black PCB look phenomenal.
Really though, I'm not trying to hate on EVGA. They are still one of my favorite companies, and I loved the aesthetic design of their P67 / Z68 lineup. Their 2011 boards, on the other hand, just look like a complete mess to me.