EVGA is hot on MSI's heels with a refreshed X99 board of its own that's presumably ready for the upcoming Broadwell-E launch. The company's newest board, the X99 FTW K, is a an update of the previous X99 FTW. Like its predecessor, the X99 FTW K purports to be a high-end, E-ATX board for serious overclockers, but the K version has picked up a few new tricks.
The addition of an M.2 slot between the last two PCI-E x16 slots is welcome, and the new board features both Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports. A second Gigabit Ethernet connection, powered by a Killer E2400 chip, now rests alongside the existing Intel NIC. The X99 FTW K otherwise resembles its predecessor, with eight DDR4 DIMM slots, ten SATA 6Gbps ports, and 18 USB ports across external and internal headers. Eight-channel audio with TOSlink and support for up to four-way multi-GPU configurations return as standard features, too.
What gives away this board's purpose as a platform for serious tweakers are enthusiast-focused features like an onboard CPU temperature monitor, a physical BIOS selector switch, and an eight-phase digital VRM. With the exception of the CPU power connector, all of the ports and connectors are edge-facing, which may simplify cable management. EVGA includes a DIP switch to disable individual PCI Express slots, as well as a Probe IT connector for voltage monitoring using an external meter.
None of these features are actually new to EVGA's motherboards, but it's nice to see the company carrying on the traditions that made them a favorite of dedicated overclocking enthusiasts. The board comes out of the box with support for every LGA2011-3 processor, and it is available now direct from EVGA for $299.
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