Wednesday, May 29th 2019

EVGA SR-3 DARK Will Challenge the ROG Dominus for W-3175X Supremacy

EVGA at its Computex 2019 booth showcased its flagship HEDT motherboard, the SR-3 DARK. This socket LGA3647 motherboard based on Intel C621 chipset, is purpose-built for squeezing the most out of the Xeon W-3175X 28-core HEDT processor Intel rolled out last year to challenge the Threadripper WX. The SR-3 DARK competes with only two other motherboards of its kind, the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme, and GIGABYTE C621 Aorus Xtreme. EVGA deployed many of the innovations it introduced with the Z390 DARK that make it arguably the best LGA1151 motherboard for record-seeking overclocking.

For starters, the CPU socket is oriented sideways, just like the Z390 DARK, to position the DDR4 memory slots north and south of the socket. There's only one slot per memory channel, so you don't have to worry about multi-slot topology hindering your memory OC in any way. The CPU VRM is located east of the socket, directly next to the board's angled power inputs that include one 24-pin ATX and four 8-pin EPS inputs! There are additional inputs such as two SATA power, and one 6-pin PCIe, to stabilize the other power domains. The VRM area, along with the C621 PCH, are liquid cooled by a monoblock embedded into an aluminium heatsink. This block has a clear-acrylic top, and its coolant channel runs over the CPU VRM first, before guiding the coolant through a fin-lattice over the PCH, and then onto the outlet.
The EVGA SR-3 DARK offers four NVMe storage interfaces, two each of M.2-22110 slots and U.2 ports. Six PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots make for the rest of the expansion area. USB connectivity includes eight USB 3.0 and two USB 3.1 gen 2 ports (including a type-C port) on the rear channel, and six USB 3.0 ports by headers. Networking includes two 10 GbE interfaces, and one 1 GbE. Premium 10-channel HD audio makes for the rest of it. The board offers a plethora of CPU and memory overclocking features designed keeping the W-3175X in mind. When it goes on sale later this year for around $2,000, the SR-3 DARK could be available to EVGA Associate Members.
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29 Comments on EVGA SR-3 DARK Will Challenge the ROG Dominus for W-3175X Supremacy

#1
randomUser
That underexposure hurts my eyes.

The phone these pictures were taken with seems to be very dumb, or has no AI whatsoever.
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#3
tigger
I'm the only one
Wish all boards had the atx power setup like that.
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#4
Tsukiyomi91
Reason why mainstream boards won't be getting that treatment because we're not extreme OCers or building uber VMs with multiple clients.
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#5
phill
I suspect the usual question of will be capable of running Crysis is out the window but I'll give it this, I do love the design and I would love to have one in the collection with the rest of my EVGA Classified/Dark boards but would I pay $2000 for it plus a CPU?? Well I'll wait and see how well AMD do and then see how much (hopefully) the Intel CPU prices drop because of them...

Reminds me, I need to go win the lottery to pay for the setup... :(
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#6
Aqeel Shahzad
And btw the Audio on this board is by Creative.
The mono block is yet to be finalised and the board will start retailing in August.
The layout is impressive and will probably fit in EATX cases. Price tag is to worry as its over price speculated.
Another aspect of this board that it will offer support to most of LGA3647 xeon processors.

phill, post: 4056297, member: 96013"
I suspect the usual question of will be capable of running Crysis is out the window but I'll give it this, I do love the design and I would love to have one in the collection with the rest of my EVGA Classified/Dark boards but would I pay $2000 for it plus a CPU?? Well I'll wait and see how well AMD do and then see how much (hopefully) the Intel CPU prices drop because of them...

Reminds me, I need to go win the lottery to pay for the setup... :(
The price tag 2000$ isn't confirm.
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#7
phill
Still going to be more money for the board than I make in a month :laugh: But still doesn't stop the fact that I wouldn't mind having one... Ugh....
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#8
Aqeel Shahzad
phill, post: 4056367, member: 96013"
Still going to be more money for the board than I make in a month :laugh: But still doesn't stop the fact that I wouldn't mind having one... Ugh....
Lol i know you mate you are still going to end up with one :rockout:
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#9
bonehead123
Nice board
nice design
nice feature set
not so nice price :D

Now, I completely understand that this is for massive upper-end HEDT's, but if they could/would make something similar for mainstream cpu's at a little more reasonable price point ($700-800), I would be all over it !
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#10
Live OR Die
I like how they taken the time to re-map the board so there is no wasted space, also ATX-E is large enough so hats off to EVGA.
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#11
Aqeel Shahzad
bonehead123, post: 4056396, member: 139670"
Nice board
nice design
nice feature set
not so nice price :D

Now, I completely understand that this is for massive upper-end HEDT's, but if they could/would make something similar for mainstream cpu's at a little more reasonable price point ($700-800), I would be all over it !
Who knows it might end up atleast cheaper then that of Asus Dominus Extreme and Gigabyte C621 Aorus Xtreme. They both have gigantic layout profile with dual psu input. Yet aftermarket waterblock. Evga provides that out of the box and there may be option or version without it.
It may not be the cheapest board but as before SR series is always unique.
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#12
DR4G00N
A Super Record board with only one cpu? What has the world come to. :shadedshu:
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#13
Xx Tek Tip xX
DR4G00N, post: 4056431, member: 158752"
A Super Record board with only one cpu? What has the world come to. :shadedshu:
Exactly my thought, though no surprise considering the power consumption of the W3175X.
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#14
Aqeel Shahzad
DR4G00N, post: 4056431, member: 158752"
A Super Record board with only one cpu? What has the world come to. :shadedshu:
W-3175x has no support for Dual processors and other lineup of LGA3647 are locked anyway and are no where near to W-3175x
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#15
DR4G00N
Aqeel Shahzad, post: 4056436, member: 162480"
W-3175x has no support for Dual processors and other lineup of LGA3647 are locked anyway and are no where near to W-3175x
I know I was just kidding. :p
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#16
phill
DR4G00N, post: 4056431, member: 158752"
A Super Record board with only one cpu? What has the world come to. :shadedshu:
I do agree tho @DR4G00N ..... My SR-2 and the SR-X was both dual CPUs but sadly the SR-X did suck as I believe Intel stopped the overclocking from Xeon's from the X58 platform...

I do wonder though, with two of these CPUs on one board, what might the PSU requirements be??.......
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#17
Aqeel Shahzad
phill, post: 4056466, member: 96013"
I do agree tho @DR4G00N ..... My SR-2 and the SR-X was both dual CPUs but sadly the SR-X did suck as I believe Intel stopped the overclocking from Xeon's from the X58 platform...

I do wonder though, with two of these CPUs on one board, what might the PSU requirements be??.......
I had to shut the city down :fear:
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#18
theonek
DR4G00N, post: 4056451, member: 158752"
I know I was just kidding. :p
well don't forget for example xeon 8180, which is same socket and supports dual processors....
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#19
Aqeel Shahzad
theonek, post: 4056545, member: 98094"
well don't forget for example xeon 8180, which is same socket and supports dual processors....
But no overclocking
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#20
Mescalamba
Hm, while it does look like proper monster, I would prefer another like SR-2, meaning literally dual-CPU. This is just going to be a lot of problems..
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#21
Aqeel Shahzad
Mescalamba, post: 4056586, member: 73546"
Hm, while it does look like proper monster, I would prefer another like SR-2, meaning literally dual-CPU. This is just going to be a lot of problems..
There is no point unless both cpu are overclockable. That will set apart evga once again.
Simple releasing a dual cpu SR would be just like SR-X (flop)
Meanwhile asus has one called Sage C621. And its cheaper then that of Dominus. As its commonly used in server builds.
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#22
MEC-777
Now THIS is a good-looking board! That's how it's done! Less is more. ;)
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#23
phill
I think if I was going down the dual CPU route, I'd be considering the new AMD CPUs rather than the Intel CPUs......
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#24
Aqeel Shahzad
phill, post: 4056812, member: 96013"
I think if I was going down the dual CPU route, I'd be considering the new AMD CPUs rather than the Intel CPUs......
Why :eek:
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#25
Mescalamba
Aqeel Shahzad, post: 4057079, member: 162480"
Why :eek:
More cores, more fun, no security issues (or nearly none). Except eVGA doesnt do AMD. At least not for now. That wont last.
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