EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR is working perfect for me now for over one solid year!
20 December 2013
Summary: I picked up this NEW EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR for the incredibly low price of $60. I did not read any of the reviews at the time I purchased this motherboard because the price was so good, and I have never had a problem with EVGA products in the past. Recently, I decided to unpack this motherboard and put a nice rig together. I read every review on this EVGA motherboard at various seller websites. I also carefully checked out the EVGA forums.
Summary: Unless you are one of the lucky few, the MB will probably create extensive frustration. When it works, it is the fastest MB I've ever seen. It is picky about what is used with it; of 7 PSUs, only 2 worked with it, older DDR3 memory isn't liked either. A good friend had one working GREAT; then he had to go for extreme overclocking (5+ GHz) via a water block, and the whole thing turned to crap. I feel for him, as he had the best I'd ever seen.
Summary: Great motherboard chock full of features built by a cmpany known for manufacturing quality products. Get the right CPU< RAM, ang GPU's, and yoy can have a field day just overclocking this board to frequencies that while stable, are also very high. Technical support is 24/7 and bar none.
Summary: Obviously the other two reviews are from inexperienced builders. This is a very fast, powerful motherboard, when it is equipped with the right cpu, video card, memory, cooling, and high cache HDD,SSD drives. Using Windows7, it will boot to desktop within 15-20 seconds, and shutdown within 10. When properly installed, it is very stable. "Crysis" easily plays on "Very High", and the graphics are close to life-like!
Summary: First off let me get this out of the way... I am an EVGA fanboy! No, I hooked this thing up and popped in my i7 2600k and all the other components and poof started right up and runs like a champ. I have since switched to an i7 3770k and another GTX680 for some good ole SLI action and gaming is a whole new world now!!! Now for some watercooling and ill be golden!!!!
Summary: EVGA has been known for many years for their good product. I understand that here and there you might have some problems and defected items. I bought this MOBO from Amazon. 10/10 to Amazon as always. You need to go on EVGA website and Reg. this product for their awesome support. I cant find any cons on this product. I'm proud owner of EVGA products, as I owned many. I OC all the time. Currently 2500k oc (4.0 stock cooler) Will go Water Cooling.
Summary: a PCI 16x expansion slot took a crap - the one with my vid card in it. so i moved it to the last 16x slot (closest to the CMOS reset button). if that slot goes up, i'll send the board back. i will say that EVGA tech support was good and helped in resolving the problem. the board and EVGA vid card (nvidia gtx 570) were working fine for a solid week - then, this problem occurred.