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EVGA X58 SLI Classified
The only way to distinguish between the solutions from different makers is by the package design, brand name sticker and accessories bundle inside. Therefore, it is extremely interesting to see how successful EVGA’s own proprietary design turned out and what functionality their new mainboard has to offer. We decided to start with the top mainboard in the new family – the EVGA X58 SLI Classified.
EVGA in the past has been an Nvidia only company, utilizing Nvidia reference designs for their boards. Their first notable departure was the EVGA 790i FTW and subsequent 790i FTW Digital. With Intel locking down chipset options for Core i7 to just their X58 northbridge and ICH10R southbridge, EVGA has designed their own custom board. This custom board has the highest price for any Intel X58 Express powered motherboard at $399 shipped, but has features designed for extreme performance and overclocking.
eVGA would not be themselves though if they did not take it a step further. Armed at the really enthusiast end-users, they wanted to create something so special and exclusive that it would bring shock and awe in the retail channel. As such they started developing a product that now has been called the X58 SLI Classified. More features, more design and aesthetics that make you scratch that head of yours.
The problem for EVGA is that Nvidia doesn't have a chipset that supports Core i7 so it was faced with the prospect of ignoring Intel's Core i7 processor, which is pretty much the same thing as abandoning the high end of the gaming market to its competitors. The alternative was to use the Intel X58 chipset, so here we are with an EVGA motherboard that looks highly reminiscent of the nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard. There are three graphics slots that support both 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX with 16 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 for the primary and secondary slots.
Nach Asus und Gigabyte wollen wir euch ein weiteres X58 Mainboard vorstellen, das EVGA X58 SLI. EVGA ist ein typischer nVidia Vertreter und so wundert es uns nicht, dass das Board über Triple SLI verfügt. Crossfire wird überhaupt nicht unterstützt. Derzeit gibt es nur diese eine EVGA Platine mit X58 Chipsatz, doch ein weiteres Modell soll im Februar folgen, das "Classified FTW". Bis dahin könnt ihr dieses Modell wählen.
EVGA, a traditional nVidia partner, decided to manufacture a motherboard based on Intel X58 chipset with ICH10R south bridge chip, simply called EVGA X58 SLI. This is a high-end motherboard for Core i7 processors, featuring three x16 PCI Express slots, support for SLI (finally), a good 10-phase voltage regulator circuit with ferrite chokes and solid caps, six memory sockets and more. Let’s take a look on this motherboard and what you should expect from it
The board was raw when it first arrived in our labs but we recognized its potential right away. Unfortunately, it took some time before EVGA could address numerous problems with the BIOS and the new E-Leet software utility. We are happy to report that this board is in great shape now, although we still have a couple of problems with it. Problems that should be ironed out in the upcoming ultra-enthusiast based X58 Classified product.
Their presence in enthusiast forums is strong, and their "24/7 Tech Support" sets them apart from other hardware manufacturers. In addition to this, the EVGA home forum is a bustling activity of EVGA staffers helping customers out, but more importantly, EVGA customers helping each other out. The community EVGA has built with their customers is rivaled by none and I have even found myself caught up in the spirit of helping out other EVGA users.
The EVGA X58 LE features a completely "baddass" black color design which includes all of the PCI and PCIe slots, heatsinks, PCB and memory slots. This is quite a change from what we are accustomed to seeing with many boards featuring brightly colored expansion slots or deathly red and black combos.
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