donta1979 atfrico Post some pics of both boards Donta, I would like to see how they look, and of course, give us your opinions about them. Well lost a couple hard drives a DVD slim drive "That is no longer being made mind you that is exclusive for this case!", So yeah I am not a happy camper with this whole thing.... Oh add 2x psu's on top of it corsair 1000hx and an Antec TPQ 1200 Correction make that Three PSU's on this board I had a thermaltake thoughpower 10000w that randomly died like the corsair 1000hx. on this board.... I just remembered it looking at someone elses build.... to top it off took the measurements of the molex cable and I will not be able to put it into the Classified 3 so its sitting in its box... unless I want to hack at my case to make room but ummm no... It does erk me that I lost this much hardware because of a 759 board not having a simple molex cable put on. Nor did we get warned. Now my Take on the ASUS Rampage III I got. 1. A way better design aka onboard sound, smarter location of buttons and Testing spots. The Molex location for the pcie slots.... 2. Actually running cooler than my classified did nb/vreg 3. The options in the motherboards bios all I can say is wow I am overwhelmed with toys but not flooded with the toys I don't care about. 4. Takes less voltage to overclock my cpu 5. My cpu actually runs at its rated speed and so does my ram, my qpi is no longer 132.7 it runs at 133.5 my ram instead of running at under 798.xx meaning under 1600 now it runs just over its 1600 speed 1602.2 so 801.1. So yet something else on the classified. So the frequencies run where they should be or just over what they should be=) Oh my cpu actually runs at its 3.33ghz isntead of 332XX.xxmhz at stock and my 4ghz oc is really a 4ghz oc not a 3.9xxghz Just a well thought out board to be honest. 6. CPU runs at stock with lower voltage 7. it cost 80 dollars less than a Classified 3 meaning a 299 price tag for a superior board it may not have all the appealing looks but it makes up for that with everything else "minus the no onboard post code display" 8. Setting up ram is easier 9. Less bios ironing out due this boards extreme overclocking features "using ln2 and so on" are not in the bios they are enabled though jumpers/buttons on the board. 10 I was in and out of the Asus bios in 8 seconds up and going 11. the Molex location for the pcie lanes is not in a bad location easy to get to, easy to plug the cable in unlike the classified 3 where I would have no chance in hell unless I got a special adapter made or a special slim one made by Silverstone... or bought a psu just for that purpose in mind with a shorter wires running along the side instead of out its top like most molex cables on psu's. So those of you with bottom psu's or a sliver of space between the mobo and the bottom of your case this board would be the better choice... Pros of the EVGA X58 Classified After owning a 759 Classified, knowing the layout of the classified 3" have both sitting next to me" I do have to say the Rampage III is the better board. The only thing the classified has on this board is configuration with pcie slots meaning 3 way sli with a 1 slot card for physx, A higher quality cpu mounting system for looks on the classified, 2x cpu 8 pin connectors, IDE. EVGA's Bios is more user friendly for the novice and even the more advanced overclockers. EVGA's bios is more organized but too many extra features to be handled in the bios. And of course the post display that is the one thing that is superior to the Rampage III The ASUS Rampage III is not lacking features by any means for overclocking/bios options The EVGA bios is more of a hold your hand bios where the ASUS bios is more you better know what you're doing. But the Rampage III has an auto configuration system for 4ghz overclock enable and a 4.2ghz overclock enable=) Just enable and go and it works interesting enough. Ram not as much tweaking to get it to run at the speed it is supposed to run with the asus board. I was able to fire up this thing out of the box all I had to do was just set my ram timings/speed that was it, it can do it for me though, where my classified could not. Also the bios is really easy to figure out though, knowing nothing about their bios I was able to go in and tweak what I wanted/needed to. So where the ASUS Rampage III lacks in small things that most will not use nor want it that the EVGA Classified minus EVGA's onboard post code readout. That is my only real complaint but other than that it's really an awesome board. Is it better than the Classified 759/760/770? Now back to the issue at hand.... I am thankful for EVGA giving me a classified 3 it's a nice looking board, but its lacking.... in more ways than one. It was a great gesture of you to give me the board as a replacement for my faulty designed 759 board that somehow though one of my components I am running the ideal setup for failure of the 759/760. Guessing the 2x GTX 480's fans, all my accessories and so on played a great role in this... But I do not like the fact in a sense its being hushed in what setups cause this. Also the fact this is allowed to go on until failure what if the psu catches fire, or their computer? Or even their house because they are not there to stop it before it really starts? Not saying it's your fault, all vendors put out boards like this but others where hot to trot to fix it with newer boards. Also not giving a real answer of those that ask will they be at risk for a failure. Is really not what a customer wants to get or hear for a response. Some are worried about RMA cost of other components, being without computers possibly, paying for rmas, replacing or buying new components all together. If you don't tell them up front if they are at risk they will just go buy a new brand of board they know is safe for their setup. Meaning a none EVGA board.
atfrico Post some pics of both boards Donta, I would like to see how they look, and of course, give us your opinions about them.
wetfit9 are you the extreme or the formula Just wonder as I am looking into getting a new board, don't want to take the chance on something going up in smoke.
wetfit9 Anyone wants to buy a used 759 board cheap
donta1979 wetfit9 are you the extreme or the formula Just wonder as I am looking into getting a new board, don't want to take the chance on something going up in smoke. ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $299.99 Awesome board tbh=)
Bruno747 all that I can say is that I ran a 760 and three 480's plus a 465, and did not notice any issues, is it possible that only some of the boards are prone to this issue?
rjbarker I just went and dug my old HX 1 kW out of the closet and I can report no signs of any anomalies at all on the 24 Pin plug....
KMoore4318 Still seeing that everyone is posting about 480's , has anyone experinced this with tri-470's ? I will not be purchising untill tax refund time, ( more than enough time to see what happens, and what others do ) ; might go Tri-460's even though my intention when I bought the board was Tri 480's. also not sure if the refresh 400 series with the smaller Die will solve this, it's due first Qtr next year.
Hellcat714 So basically anyone running SLI\Tri SLI setup with GTX 470\480 series GPU's on a motherboard with out the extra molex power on it for the PCI lanes is running a risk of a 24pin melt down ? Is this only happening to 480's ? Was really looking forward to grabbing some 470's.
HRPuffnstuff My last experience with asus is why I only buy evga mb's. Goodluck to you if you do get one and hope that you never have to send it in for service.
donta1979 HRPuffnstuff My last experience with asus is why I only buy evga mb's. Goodluck to you if you do get one and hope that you never have to send it in for service. Page 5=) sweet board better than my classified was/is =) only complaint would prob be the no post display board and I dont think thier warranty will live up to EVGA's. But other than that all of its features, options well just read my post=).
emach From EVGA tech support, " This is not a case of eventuality but it is a possibility. It has been found to happen in some circumstances but no common thread has been found. We are working with other manufacturers to figure it out. Please know we will work with you if this problem does arise" (I might have paraphrased some, but that's the gist of it. So I guess I gave been lucky sp far and will have to pay more attention to the 14 pin connector, since Evga won't let me step up to 4way sli. Btw I'm not saying they should but it would be nice! Emach