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. And that is when my knees began to shake and tremble. Those were the absolute worst horror stories I have ever read about a motherboard and I read a lot of reviews, sometimes daily.
I did not want to even open the package after reading about all the terrible problems people were having with this specific motherboard.
After waiting nearly 4 months, I decided to open the package and try it anyway [all the bells and whistles on this motherboard kept calling my name every time I looked at it]!
Desperately hoping I would be one of the fortunate and lucky ones, I opened the package and began my adventure...
I installed an Intel i5-2500k, a ZALMAN LQ-315 Water Cooler, 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM, a SeaSonic X Series X-850, crossed my fingers, hoped for the best, and hit the power button...all with my knees still shaking and my teeth chattering...
Result: Everything booted up and worked perfect!
Next step, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, permitted Windows to do all the critical updates, and again, everything has worked perfect.
So far, I am very, very happy with this motherboard.
I have left the BIOS at the same exact level it was when I purchased this motherboard: BIOS Version 689 1.05 x64
I have heard that BIOS version A05 does quite good too, but I still cannot find the courage to try it.
I have heard many horror stories on the BIOS Version R16 as I read at EVGA Forums. Supposedly a BIOS version R19 is in the making...but I tremble when thinking about trying any BIOS versions other than the original.
So, for now, my system is working A+++ and I am very happy with it. I will update later if I discover anything exciting or improved.
A $300+ motherboard for only $60 with more bells and whistles than I have ever seen in my entire life?
Personally, I think it's a miracle!
Cons: Only cons I can think of at the moment are all the negative reviews that strike terror in the hearts of system builders and enthusiasts alike!
Hey, I am NOT saying all the negative posts are inaccurate...what I am saying is all the negative posts scared the heck out of me and most certainly many other people, but for some reason, my EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR motherboard is working perfect!
Oh, one more negative...now I wish I had purchased a lot more....as in several dozen of em'...
Other Thoughts: Is it possible, many more people had positive results on this EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR and haven't posted their results?
Please, if you are a person who purchased a EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR and had some good results, could you please even the score?
It is me,
Always looking for higher ground....