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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 03:59 PM - Thread Starter
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EVGA X299 Dark Owners

I havent seen a thread dedicated to this motherboard and thought it was time. Built like a tank, with high end materials and loads of exclusive features to make overclocking and everyday, functional use, easy and enjoyable.

EVGA Product Page - https://www.evga.com/articles/01168/evga-x299-dark/

A few Youtube videos on the board from GamersNexus -

And for the most comprehensive guide on this motherboard. Pay attention to the embedded links and downloads. Everything needed is found here.
https://xdevs.com/guide/e299ocg/

Hopefully a place where owners and fans of this motherboard can share info and experience. My first impression, having the motherboard in my hands, was how heavy and well built the board really is. Pictures just do not do it justice. It screams high-end and quality. The fit and finish is excellent. Something that surprised me, was how tight and crisp all the connectors are. Nice solid snap when cables are plugged in, without any wiggle or second guessing.

I'm using a 7820x initially. And will be performing a vice delid.
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So, I'm starting out on x299 with a 7820x and just coming from z370. I found it very easy and intuitive to clock this chip to 4.6 - 1.2v very quickly. After some initial benchmarking, i will be delidding and pushing to see where i can go. First on water and on to LN2, what this board was meant to do.
The onboard speaker and audible boot, i found refreshing and very convenient for overclocking. Once you get used to the beeps, you can pick up any startup issues without having to stare at debug. I also like the two sets of programmable LEDs. Default, one of them reads temp., the other stays blank This board also has 3 bios chips that can be removed and replaced if needed.
Built in cooling for m.2 drives keep them covered and protected from any accidental drops, if you use a benchtable or horizontal mobo tray and swap out hardware frequently. The motherboard even comes with thermal pads to mount 2 m.2 drives. No aftermarket heat spreader needed here.

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I am glad that you started a thread of the X299 Dark. I am currently case modding an SMA8/A in anticipation of new build components. Been on the fence over X399 vs X299 because of PCIe lane flexibility. But still think I will go X299 as it is a more mature architecture and because of faster clocks. Been very keen on this board - the Dark - and the OC Formula. Both have the same layout and CPU VRM components. It is just the memory VRMs, board thickness, UEFI and other smaller details that are different.

I am holding on computex to see what news there is on CPU refresh before pulling the trigger.

Interested to read of your experiences on this board.
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From what i understand, the refresh will still support x299. Will be attending Pa OC event in Philly and believe Intel may have a treat in store for us.

As i said very impreseed with the build quality of this board. Coming from a long string of Asus, Asrock, and Gigabyte boards on from x79 and x99 as well as z97 - z370, this is the most solid board I've had. Bios may be lacking auto oc profiles, but everything else that is actually relevant to oc, is there. Adding bios settings doesnt necessarily make a board oc better, unless you like running canned settings.

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Quote: Originally Posted by hotrod717 View Post
From what i understand, the refresh will still support x299. Will be attending Pa OC event in Philly and believe Intel may have a treat in store for us.
Oooohh! Indium solder would be enough to get me to buy, but if they do more too that is okay by me.


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As i said very impreseed with the build quality of this board. Coming from a long string of Asus, Asrock, and Gigabyte boards on from x79 and x99 as well as z97 - z370, this is the most solid board I've had.
Yup. 12 layer x 2oz copper vs 8 layer for the OC Formula or Apex.


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Bios may be lacking auto oc profiles, but everything else that is actually relevant to oc, is there. Adding bios settings doesnt necessarily make a board oc better, unless you like running canned settings.
Right. I think if you buy this motherboard, you would be the type of personality that wants to tinker with BIOS settings anyways and understand what is being changed to achieve an overclock. Personally I am interested in finding an efficient overclock for 24/7, as well as finding how far I can push things at the extreme. The auto OCs generally work, but are not efficient.
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So i finally took the time to pull the chip back out and delid. I haven't seen a post on a vice delid and having watched several videos utilizing a tool, realized a tool wasnt needed for Skylake-X.
I used a cnc precision mill vise, a 1/4" piece of stainless, blue shop towels, and a gauge block. I also took my time and made sure that all objects were lined up properly. Force applied opposite of the onboard pcb chip, against the long edge of the ihs, and that the gauge block in relation to ihs and pcb, were perfect on the same horizontal plane. Next, slowly applied pressure and allowed a few seconds interval between very small movements or application of force until the ihs moved and the pressure had relaxed.
I carefully pulled ihs off, grasping onto the pcb and "wing" of ihs. The ihs popped off smoothly, with ease. After a thorough inspection of the pcb, I couldn't find any foreign marks or damage. Cleaning the black glue off of the ihs is very easy with a savings card or other flexible plastic tool with a straight edge.
I am using TG Kryonaut in the place of the stock tim.
Booted without issue and now testing.
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Couldn't be happier with results atm. No tweaks or tuning. XMP 3200c16 E die i believe- 47/32 - 1.215v/1.1v. Literally 3rd test and boot following delid.
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Temperatures still seem higher than i'd like. Looks like i need to try resetting lid.
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I have one too, a decent board but offers nothing more (in fact it has less features) than what a €300 board can do.
If you're an EVGA fan or want to do LN2 - go get it! Otherwise I'd stick to a Taichi XE.

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I have one too, a decent board but offers nothing more (in fact it has less features) than what a €300 board can do.
If you're an EVGA fan or want to do LN2 - go get it! Otherwise I'd stick to a Taichi XE.
Yeah, It is definitely specific to enthusiasts and benchers who are after performance and enjoy old school overclocking, thrill of the hunt. Exactly why i like it.
Auto overclocks and canned settings take some of the fun out of it. The pcb , components and engineering of this board are second to none. It is not for everyone.

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Yeah, It is definitely specific to enthusiasts and benchers who are after performance and enjoy old school overclocking, thrill of the hunt. Exactly why i like it.
Auto overclocks and canned settings take some of the fun out of it. The pcb , components and engineering of this board are second to none. It is not everyone.

This, this is by far the most durable X299 board you'd ever find. It would have been the best if they 'd put the BIOS from APEX on it, especially when it comes to fan control

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