EVGA will release a new high end x299 mainboard, call the X299 Dark, which is something special in many ways and the active cooling of the chipset and expansion slots as well as the VRMs are only a one of the visible ones. With a price tag of 499.99$ it sure should bring more to the table than just some fancy coolers.
Vince Lucido, alias K|NGP|N, stated that the X299 Dark was built to be the best overclocking motherboard on the planet, no compromises. And with 12 world records already, they sure did a good job. And even though the list of features and specifications are fairly long this is, at least in part, due to the fact that some of those depend on the installed CPU. Since the X299 Dark will support als Skylake X and Kaby Lake X processors memory and SLI support can differ a lot. From only Dual channel memory with 2-way SLI (Kaby Lake X) up to quad channel memory and 4-way SLI (Skylake X with 44 Lanes) everything is possible.
The features read like a how to for turning on enthusiast and overclockers. With 16 power phases, triple BIOS, active cooling of the VRM, dual 8 pin CPU power and many more, the feature list makes one thing clear: this board was designed for other purposes than pure gaming. One thing that is somewhat strange is the stated Windows XP support. Even though there are no Windows XP driver yet on the boards website it’s said that they are delivered with the board itself. An interesting choice seeing that even today some of the highest numbers are achieved using Windows XP, an outdated operating system not supported anymore by most of the industry, and there are those out there that swear that it’s better for overclocking than later versions.
If this board got you drooling you might want to cool down a bit since it will be available only for EVGA Elite members. So if you don’t have over 100 posts on their forums or registered eligible products from EVGA on their site lately you might be out of luck and have to wait if this will hit the retailers in the future. We sure hope so since it’s a fairly interesting board indeed.