Tuesday, July 17th 2018

EVGA X299 DARK BIOS Update Includes In-BIOS Stress Test and OC Robot

A new BIOS Update is available now for the EVGA X299 DARK Motherboard which features several brand new exclusive features. This new update is further proof of EVGA's commitment to the enthusiast community, and these new features will also be standard on all future EVGA enthusiast motherboards.

Key Features of the New EVGA GUI BIOS:
  • Built in CPU Stress Test - Test your CPU overclock with the click of a button from directly in the BIOS! No reboot needed.
  • EVGA OC Robot - Automatically test and find a stable overclock for your system.
  • Gamer Mode - Set a conservative overclock in seconds.
Learn more about this BIOS update in this page.

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18 Comments on EVGA X299 DARK BIOS Update Includes In-BIOS Stress Test and OC Robot

#1
CheapMeat
I want this feature on every single new gamer, enthusiast and workstation (ASUS SAGE) motherboard. =O
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#2
Enterprise24
Great idea. Sometime a lot of crash from unstable OC can made windows corrupt.
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#4
Yttersta
See now, this is how an automatic OCer should be done if at all. Looking at you all other board manufacturers who just use lookup tables.

The stress test is reportedly a Prime95 like test also! I cannot imagine the amount of reboots, blue screens and overall time this will save. I wish I had an EVGA motherboard to try this out.
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#5
cadaveca
My name is Dave
If only they could change their BIOS language to be a bit more user-friendly, and improve memory OC, EVGA would be very hard to beat. They've catered to the "extreme clocker" for many many years now (thanks Vince!), so it's great to see that filter down to usability for all.
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#6
ironcerealbox
Saw a couple videos on this and it looks very promising and it was pretty darn accurate. It will save quite some time - potentially several hours. Most users will probably just roll with this feature and call it a day. Some of us more OCD people will use this to save us time on the ballpark overclock [to get us to that second phase of fine-tooth comb overclock settings].

It is good to see some of the pro o'erclockers have major influence in the industry and any company they work for.
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#7
Prima.Vera
How good is that automatic O.C. ? I hope it's not as disastreous (utter garbage) as the one from ASUS...
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#8
dj-electric
Not a big fan of the feature but its fine by me it exists.
I much prefer using AIDA64's stress methods and system monitoring.
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#9
Hujkis
"dj-electric said:
Not a big fan of the feature but its fine by me it exists.
I much prefer using AIDA64's stress methods and system monitoring.
good for you
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#10
Enterprise24
"cadaveca said:
If only they could change their BIOS language to be a bit more user-friendly, and improve memory OC, EVGA would be very hard to beat. They've catered to the "extreme clocker" for many many years now (thanks Vince!), so it's great to see that filter down to usability for all.
Yeah Vince is god in 3D but his physics / CPU score always lower than those guys from ASUS / ASRock. I wish EVGA will improve 2D soon.
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#11
buildzoid
"cadaveca said:
If only they could change their BIOS language to be a bit more user-friendly, and improve memory OC, EVGA would be very hard to beat. They've catered to the "extreme clocker" for many many years now (thanks Vince!), so it's great to see that filter down to usability for all.
Compared to the X299 OC Formula on Skylake X the DARK does way better on memory overclocking especially on the latest XOC BIOS.
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#12
ironcerealbox
"buildzoid said:
Compared to the X299 OC Formula on Skylake X the DARK does way better on memory overclocking especially on the latest XOC BIOS.
I was seriously looking at ASRock's X299 OC Formula specifically for memory overclocking. Thanks for the head's up on that.
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#13
Slizzo
I have a Taichi XE, only clocking my memory from 3000MHz to 3200MHz though. But I did have to increase volts and loosen timings to do so. Unsure if this is due to the Corsair Vengence LED memory, but I am leaning to that being the major issue.
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cadaveca
My name is Dave
"Slizzo said:
I have a Taichi XE, only clocking my memory from 3000MHz to 3200MHz though. But I did have to increase volts and loosen timings to do so. Unsure if this is due to the Corsair Vengence LED memory, but I am leaning to that being the major issue.
Nah, we're talking on a whole different level... like higher than 4500 MHz. 3200 MHz is a cakewalk for this platform.

"buildzoid said:
Compared to the X299 OC Formula on Skylake X the DARK does way better on memory overclocking especially on the latest XOC BIOS.
You're looking at raw frequency tho, I think? I don't have the Dark, so I have no idea of it's capability; as Enterprise mentioned, it's looking at CPU efficiency scores that sometimes point this out, but then again, maybe that's part of what allows Vince to do so well with 3D... I dunno. I live in 24/7 land these days anyway.
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#15
TiN
While lower physics scores were true before on Haswell era, those times are long gone :)

CPU/Physics scores in 3Dmark HOF are highest on X299 DARK as well. Memory performance also tuned in for both raw MHz and tight timings (4G+ 11-12-12 with good DIMMs ;).
If any of you have perf or tuning issues with Dark, let me know, I'd like to help.
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#16
GhostRyder
Wow, I like that feature. I will be considering EVGA for my next purchase just for that feature alone.
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#17
buildzoid
"cadaveca said:
Nah, we're talking on a whole different level... like higher than 4500 MHz. 3200 MHz is a cakewalk for this platform.


You're looking at raw frequency tho, I think? I don't have the Dark, so I have no idea of it's capability; as Enterprise mentioned, it's looking at CPU efficiency scores that sometimes point this out, but then again, maybe that's part of what allows Vince to do so well with 3D... I dunno. I live in 24/7 land these days anyway.
DARK benches around 3900+ with 12-11-11-28-1T. OCF drops mem channels past 3800 CL12 and won't even boot 4000 CL14 for me(which the DARK does easy). I do better on the DARK than with the OCF when it comes to scores also the DARK is IMO much easier to bench with(though that's personal preference). I'd say the main reason the OCF has all the records it has is because Splave has uber bin CPUs(and ASUS's VRM can't keep up). Kingpin also doesn't bench 2D. Luumi has some 10c golds with the DARK.
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#18
cadaveca
My name is Dave
"TiN said:
If any of you have perf or tuning issues with Dark, let me know, I'd like to help.
Thanks, TiN! So this is your doing? I always thought of yo as the voltmod guy, so that's cool, actually. :P

"buildzoid said:
DARK benches around 3900+ with 12-11-11-28-1T. OCF drops mem channels past 3800 CL12 and won't even boot 4000 CL14 for me(which the DARK does easy). I do better on the DARK than with the OCF when it comes to scores also the DARK is IMO much easier to bench with(though that's personal preference). I'd say the main reason the OCF has all the records it has is because Splave has uber bin CPUs(and ASUS's VRM can't keep up). Kingpin also doesn't bench 2D. Luumi has some 10c golds with the DARK.
Huh. Well that's pretty awesome that things have progressed that way. I haven't had any issues with my OC Formula, but I know I got some damn good DIMMs, too. Kinda how it always works pushing like that... it gets pretty expensive pretty quickly to get the best of everything, so it's REALLY important that a motherboard's BIOS tuning doesn't stand in the way of superior results.
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