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EVGA X99 Micro (Intel X99) Micro-ATX Motherboard Review (Page 2)

Steven Bassiri | Mar 31, 2015 at 9:11 am CDT - 1 min, 56 secs time to read this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: EVGA

Packaging and the Board

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The box is simple yet effective.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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