EVGA typically keeps their product development under lock and key until they’re ready to show something off. Motherboards may not be their primary focus these days but that doesn’t mean EVGA has forgotten about past successes. The X79 Dark is an effort to relive the glory days by offering overclockers a no-frills motherboard with enthusiast-oriented features and plenty of clock speed headroom.
According to our conversations with EVGA, customer feedback about past motherboard generations was compiled in an effort to improve aspects of the E-ATX-sized X79 Dark. As such, previous layouts were scrapped, the memory tracing layout was revised to improve RAM overclocks, the VRM has been bolstered to augment power distribution to critical components and the PCI-E layout was optimized for better compatibility. Essentially, the X79 Dark is a re-envisioning of EVGA’s motherboard ideals.
Based on Intel’s high end X79 chipset, the Dark has onboard reset and power switches, EVGA’s unique right angle 24-pin power connector and ten SATA ports (6 SATA 6bps and 4 3Gbps). EVGA has also (presumably) included support for their EVBot controller which allows for fine grain control over board functions without having to enter the BIOS.
Being a high end motherboard literally ensures plenty of graphics card expansion capabilities and it looks like EVGA has that part all figured out. The X79 Dark comes with support for quad SLI or 4-way Crossfire across a whooping five PCI-E x16 slots. Peripheral connectivity hasn’t been overlooked either with Bluetooth connectivity and enough USB ports to appease enthusiasts.