Originally Posted by burningrave101
Originally Posted by eXe.Lilith
Wanna know the real problem with this board? You can't use a 4930K on it out of the box. There's actually a little piece of paper included in the bundle that says "If you are an IB-E user, set the BIOS to position 3 so that your mobo can recognize your CPU". Well guess what? That beta BIOS doesn't recognize the 4930K for some reason.
Not just mine mind you, there's at least 4 other people to whom it has happened and were forced to RMA the card. Well 3 actually RMA'd because the 4th guy had a SB-E CPU lying around so he used that one to flash the mobo to the latest BIOS version before putting the 4930K back in and it worked.
And seeing as there is no way to flash the BIOS of the mobo without a CPU....
Now I'm gonna have to RMA my board, wait for at least a month until I get it back with them having flashed it to a more recent BIOS like they did for the other guys.
Take my advice, if you're getting a 4930K this is most definitely not the board you want to get.
This board works fine out of the box with a 4930k and all it requires is the BIOS in position 3. The EVGA forums would be full of user complaints about this if it weren't the case. And what users I've seen have trouble the past couple weeks that I've closely followed the EVGA forums were using the 4820k, not the 4930k. You either got an early BIOS with issues, a defective board, or something else in your setup is the problem. Users have reported the Dark is already shipping from Newegg with the recent 2.04 BIOS now which was just released and that one 100% supports all Ivy-E chips out of box.
You also don't have to wait a month to get your board back if it is not working due to the BIOS version. eVGA can send you a newly flashed BIOS chip or if you did RMA the whole board they send out the replacement as soon as you send yours, they don't make you wait unless the board is out of stock. At least that is the case for users in the USA. I can't speak for your experience in France where the return procedure may be different.
Their forum actually has a thread about it with multiple users saying they have had the issue and had to RMA the board to get the BIOS flashed by EVGA. Check here http://forums.evga.com/tm.aspx?m=2031615
The mobo comes as default with BIOS on position 3, don't you think I've checked that time and time again?
So no if, like me, you got the board early, it doesn't work out of the box with a 4930K. I don't make a habit of saying things just for the sake of it, I actually ponder what I'm about to say before I say it coz most of the time it saves one from embarrassing himself/herself.
As for shipping out of Newegg with the 2.04 update that's great, I got the mobo directly from EVGA the day it was available (as in almost a month ago) as in France it's pretty much the only way to get one (few e-tailers trust EVGA here it seems for mobos, even their GFX cards are almost never in stock). And yeah considering it took 10 days for the board to get here from their warehouse in Germany, I'm fairly sure it's going to take at least 2 weeks for me to get the new board (3 days for an expedited return, 2 days for them to process the RMA, run tests and flash the BIOS, then 10 days for the mobo to get back to me) and that's in a perfect world.
As for the rest of the setup, when you test it out of a case, with just one stick of RAM and one gfx card, what else can be the problem other maybe than the CPU itself, which came to me directly from Intel? Between Intel and EVGA, yeah I know who I trust more, but I've actually made calls left and right to see if a buddy couldn't lend me a CPU just to exclude that possibility and in the event it worked so that I could flash the BIOS myself, which unfortunately turns out to be impossible.
Just one more bad thing for EVGA I guess. At least their customer service seems competent enough if they already RMA'd a few cards with this problem.Edited by eXe.Lilith - 10/3/13 at 1:14am