- December 18, 2017 Some motherboard companies believe it is enough to tell you that their boards are fast. Others put enough RGB LEDs on their boards to make you think racing lights will make your board go faster. EVGA could have designed a board like those...or it could engineer the X299 Dark - a motherboard line renowned for being the top choice of the world's best overclockers. A motherboard that has already broken 12 World Records…so far.EVGA introduces you to the ultimate in raw performance for the next-gen Intel® Extreme lineup, the EVGA X299 Dark. The Dark is crafted from the ground up to be the performance apex with everything you need to make a record-breaking benching run or a 24/7 number cruncher, and nothing you don't – a board that is as reliable as it is fast. The EVGA X299 Dark has all of the current gen top-tier component support, including:• 2x M.2 Key-M slots / 1x M.2 Key-E slot• Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready• 2x U.2 Ports• USB 3.1 Type-A / Type-C• Up to 64GB of 4000MHz+ (OC) Quad-Channel RAM on Skylake-X CPUs• Up to 32GB of 4133MHz+ (OC) Dual-Channel RAM on Kaby Lake-X CPUs• 2x Intel® GbE LAN with teaming support• EVGA’s Full Featured GUI UEFI/ BIOS• Legacy LGA20XX Socket Backplate for custom CPU cooling solutions (optional)There is much to be said about a beautifully-engineered motherboard designed to handle the highest loads or the most extreme conditions, let alone the rigors and abuse constantly demanded by the best overclockers in the world and still look good doing it. This was achieved, in part, by using:• 12-Layer PCB• Highly-Efficient 16-Phase PWM• 100% Solid State Capacitors• 300% Higher Gold Content in CPU Socket• External BCLK / Clock Generators• 8 SATA Ports – 6 from Intel PCH / 2 from ASMedia ASM1061• Triple BIOS Select Switch• PCIe Disable Switches• ProbeIT Connector• PS/2 Port• Creative Core3D Audio• Intel® VROC HeaderAlthough the X299 Dark does not feature RGB LED support, it politely reminds you that you can't see pretty in the Dark. This board is engineered for the ultra-enthusiast, including these features:• Active PCH & M.2 cooling• 4-Way SLI Support• Multi-Function POST Indicator• Visual Guide / Bench table• PCIe / DIMM Status LEDs• Right Angle Power / Fan / and USB3.0 HeadersThe X299 Dark proves once again that until you have used it, you don’t know the power of the Dark side of the EVGA motherboard lineup.For more details, please see here: https://www.evga.com/articles/01168/evga-x299-dark/
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