Originally Posted by SimonOcean
Originally Posted by Cyber Locc
I would keep it, its just I am really not an MATX guy, and I thought I would try to be for the Hexgear, as I love the case. However I cant find a baord I like, the X99 options suck, and X299 MATX is nonexistent. I use E series exclusively so that puts a damper on my plan.
I've been running an mATX X99 system myself. I figured that with the CPU that I had chosen, the 5820K, 28-lanes were available therefore mATX was going to be the optimal form factor to max out the CPU... 16+8+4. The motherboard search came down to two really that I liked: the Asus X99-M WS and the EVGA X99 Micro2. Both are good boards really. The Asus has WiFi, but the disadvantage that the M.2 slot goes through the PCH rather than direct to CPU lanes, therefore it is gimped speed. The EVGA does not have that restriction. Do you not like either of them?
Otherwise did you consider X399 mATX? This looks like a sweet board!
I am not a AMD guy, as far as CPUs I do use AMD GPUs time to time, I benched for them in a few of the Fanboy wars here on OCN, I also benched for NV in those too though.
I actually own a EVGA Micro 2, I hate it. So I have 2 rigs, one in the living room and 1 in the back room.
The living room one is currently the M2, and the M.2 issues, and other issues I have aside, my CPU is .2mhz slower on the Evga then on my RVE in the other room at the same voltage. Also, I can't not get past that clock speed at all on the Evga.
It runs 4.4, with 1.37vs (horrible) on the evga the same chip runs at 4.6 with that voltage on my RVE, and I can push it to 4.7 with 1.39 (didn't test much but ya) the EVGA won't even boot with anything more than 4.4, no matter how much voltage.
I'm not saying the Evga is a bad board, it just doesn't have the same luxury's as full size boards. My CPU runs at 4.3 on the EVGA, because I don't want to ruin my chip for 4.4 that's absurd. So I'm getting a second RVE, or maybe a EVGA Classy.
I didn't have an issue with the M.2 stuff at first either, now I do, I want to upgrade my drive, so my Intel 750 will go into one of my servers, and I litterally can't go Samsung as the Evga doesn't allow it with a ram overclock. I also can't go SLI, due to the M.2 limitations.
There is simply too many limitations on MATX for me. I know alot of people like MATX, but I feel like it's too big to be a "Small build" and too small to be useful as a large build. I feel like that is why board makers are starting to down play MATX.