Originally Posted by zooterboy
I've read other reviews, read the forums about this specific board, and been watching to see what kind or if people are having problems with this board. Why? Because I don't base a decision on one review; nobody should.
But saying that because a review of this board doesn't compare it to other boards with the same chipset, the review is totally useless, is just ignorant. It's one of many sources of information that a person should draw from, but that doesn't make it useless.
Erm. Excuse me.
EVGA USED to be one of the best motherboard companies in the business. USED to be.
They lost that hat with the Z77's and then bet the farm and lost it all with the X79's.
Read the EVGA forums. Over 50 pages, THOUSANDS of users with issues...Same on OCN.
Then half way through the X79's existence, EVGA admitted hardware failure.
That's not a software issue, that's not a bios issue, that's a permanent fault with the motherboard.
No refunds were issued, RMA's were continuous at the cost of the user and ultimately, anyone who wanted the Dark had to pay a step up fee, regardless of the 10-12 RMA's they'd already done for a broken product.
Due to the above, this board needs to be overly scrutinized. It needs to be compared to EVERY OTHER BOARD RELEASED BY THIS COMPANY IN THAT CHIPSET.
You wouldn't go buy a Ford Explorer if the Expedition was reportedly spontaneously combusting while cruising down a highway, would you? No because common sense dictates that the manufacturer might have an issue.
EVGA's previous X79 launch was a FAILURE. A failure in which vendors dropped their product. So, yes, a comparison to every single previous incarnation of that manufacturer's launch on that chipset, needs to be done.
We're enthusiasts, not blind consumerist morons.
P.S. it's been stated multiple times by EVGA that the Dark IS BASED ON THE CLASSIFIED. Thank you, come again.