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EVGA X99 Micro (Intel X99) Micro-ATX Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 2:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: EVGA

Packaging and the Board




The box is simple yet effective.




EVGA always does an excellent job with packaging. EVGA boards are always well protected, and the accessories are always individually sealed in anti-static bags; even a single screw for the M.2 slot is sealed in an air-tight bag. The board is labeled with stickers to ensure novice users don't mess up the installation process.




The included accessories are as follows: four SATA6G cables, one two-way SLI bridge, one I/O shield, one I/O bracket (with screws), one voltage read point adapter, one M.2 screw, one driver DVD, manuals, and a case sticker.




I have circled the fan headers on the board, and there are a total of five. You might notice that there are only four DIMMs in total. Most X99 motherboards have eight DIMMs; however, it is difficult to fit all eight in the Micro-ATX form factor. EVGA has chosen to use high-quality Lotes SATA ports, and even provides dust protector inserts. There are no back-side components, which is a good sign.




The back-panel I/O features a 1GBit NIC, four USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a clear CMOS button, and a 7.1 TOSLINK for audio with S/PDIF out.




EVGA includes a fancy brushed-aluminum shield to improve aesthetics.




The VRM is cooled by a dense heat sink that also seems to cool the inductors, which can get very hot.




I was surprised to find these OC features on this board. The X99 Micro has a POST code display, power, reset, clear CMOS, and voltage read points. The POST code display doubles as a temperature readout for the CPU after the system finishes POST.




The PCIe layout is straight forward. The top two 16x slots are full 16x slots, and the third is an 8x slot. A small M.2 connector is also present; however, it can't facilitate longer M.2 drives like my Samsung XP941.




The SATA ports are all high quality, and there is even a socket for the BIOS ROM that allows you to replace the BIOS ROM if needed.




Screws hold down all the heat sinks, and the VRM heat sink even cools the chokes.

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