Originally Posted by Blameless
I've had several LGA-2011 boards, and the only one's you can reasonably expect to have working firmware are the higher end ASUS boards.
EVGA Dark hasn't been out long enough to get a real gauge of it's stability or firmware maturity, and previous EVGA boards do not inspire confidence. I would be extremely hesitant to buy such a board after my own experiences with immature firmware.
Originally Posted by LaBestiaHumana
I would advice the Ga x79 up4, but if you wanna squeeze the very last mhz out of your cpu, nothing beats Rampage 4 Extreme.
EVGA DARK in not as good as Rampage 4 for overclocking. The Rampage 4 has already proven the best.
I would agree with both statements. Asus has the best track record. Gigabyte has released a couple of firmware-revisions just in the last week, the X79-UP4 had all the downloads pulled, then F3 was released coupled with a F4 beta, and now only the release version of F4 is available. I haven't bothered with any of them, the F3u-beta works for me. I probably won't bother with any new firmware until I upgrade the CPU on my board, if ever. It works great as it is now, don't fix something that isn't broken! This board has given me a headache, trying many different firmware revisions/betas etc before I got something that actually worked stable.Pcper had an unimpressive experience
with the Evga Dark, didn't overclock well.
The highest 100% stable clock speed I was able to hit at 1.40v was 4.3 GHz with a 43x multiplier. This was with PLL override enabled and with VDroop disabled. I was able to run at 4.4 GHz for a very limited amount of time but in no condition I would recommend to a user. At 1.4v though I was quite happy with the 73C temperatures of the 22nm, densely packed 1.68 billion transistors.
Even pushing voltages up to 1.45v did not allow us to get any higher than 4.3 GHz. I am pretty disappointed with this result even though we saw some impressive performance bumps at 4.3 GHz. Keep in mind that this is 4.3 GHz on ALL CORES which is basically a 600 MHz increase over the stock setting (16% or so).
They had better luck with the Asus P9X79 Pro
Edited by Pholostan - 9/6/13 at 1:24pm
As you can see above we were able to overclock the processor to 4.413 GHz at UEFI set voltage of only 1.40v. Previously we were only reaching a 4.3 GHz overclock and even had to up the voltage a bit higher.