ExneticJust want to know What cpu are OC able with SR3 dark? Not just the 3175x? Is there new intel cpus that will come that will be OC able more cores for less money?
DEJ915The Intel Ark page does not even have a compatible products page for the rest of the C62x series chipsets so perhaps they are the same for all of them? I remember a comment from EVGA here that the ones listed in their support page are ones they had on-hand to test so at the very least all of those CPUs will work. Even with the board discounted to 1000 I'd still go for 3175x for it otherwise may as well get one of the less expensive locked cpu oriented ones from asus, supermicro or gigabyte imo they are much cheaper. Ah here was the post on the first page https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/3018632 As for the phanteks block not really it works fine as far as a waterblock goes but if it is better or worse I have no idea, it seems most people have 1 block and not gotten any others lol. The cooling fins cover the whole cpu but they are very big so I imagine a block with finer fins would cool much better like my optimus foundation.
DEJ915You don't absolutely need to use a carrier, but the one that came with my Dominus fits on my Phanteks block, it just makes it less scary to take the CPU out since the block is so big it covers the whole mounting mechanism. When I had the Gigabyte board I flipped the board upside down to take the CPU out just because it's kinda scary lol. The size required is T-30