Friday, December 17th 2010

EVGA P67 Classified Motherboard Looks Ferocious

EVGA unveiled its next enthusiast-grade motherboard, the P67 Classified. The board is designed for upcoming "Sandy Bridge" processors from Intel in the LGA1155 package, and uses the Intel P67 Express chipset. EVGA's main design goes seem to be: 1. giving the processor a strong VRM that helps with overclocking; and 2. to expand the board's PCI-Express resources using an nForce 200 bridge chip. The CPU is powered by a 12-phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors. Knowing EVGA, the CPU socket is of premium-grade, with higher gold content on the pins. The four DDR3 DIMM slots are powered by a 3-phase VRM. The main ATX power connector is angled for better aesthetics.

Expansion slots include six PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x16/x8;x1;x16/x8;x8;x16/x8;x8), making the board capable for 4-way SLI. A single PCI-E x1 is tucked away on top. Connectivity includes two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, four internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two front-panel and two rear-panel USB 3.0, 8-channel HD audio, two gigabit Ethernet controllers, FireWire, and eSATA. The board supports a plethora of overclocker-friendly technologies, including EVGA's EV-Bot module. One can expect more information once Intel's upcoming processors are out.
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49 Comments on EVGA P67 Classified Motherboard Looks Ferocious

#2
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: function69
so will it's price
+1
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#4
Lionheart
by: brandonwh64
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Looks nice, if only the picture would load :(
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#5
nINJAkECIL
by: CHAOS_KILLA
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Looks nice, if only the picture would load :(
here's the pic:

[spoiler][/spoiler]
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
It will likely be priced extremely high, and a piece of trash quality wise like the rest of their motherboards.

Virtually every eVGA board I've had has had problems.

I had to RMA my 680i twice. The first time because the memory slots died, and the second time because eVGA sent me a defective board that would warn me about the intrusion detection sensor being tripped every time it booted. So I either had to tell the board to ignore all boot errors or press f1 every time I restarted the computer. Their tech support didn't even know the board had an intrusion detection sensor on it!
I have a 610i with burn up mosfets that eVGA refuses to RMA because they "can't verify the place of purchase". What a crock, what does it matter? The board hasn't even been out for 3 years and it has a 3 year warranty, so just stand behind your warranty and replace it.
I bought a 750i FTW directly from them, and all of the USB ports were dead. It killed a OCZ flash drive when I plugged it in. Luckily OCZ is replacing that.
My P55 FTW 200 has a totally F'd up BIOS that makes Windows not detect USB drives as removeable. And they know it is a BIOS issue because it worked in the older BIOS and it has been reported several times on their forums, though they tend to delete topics about it, or any topic about a chronic problem with their products. And since they pretty much drop support for their boards the moment they release their next one, it will never get fixed.

eVGA might make boards that absolutely scream when they work, but even their high end boards have no quality control or support, even when eVGA is the ones that are breaking things by releasing shotty BIOSes.
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#7
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
After so many issues with EVGA why would you continue to use them?
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#8
popswala
I'm just happy to finally see an angled 24 pin and no ide. Bought time. Board looks nice.
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#9
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: InnocentCriminal
After so many issues with EVGA why would you continue to use them?
The P55 board was the last evga motherboard I will buy. I gave them the last chance with the P55 and since they can't even manage to get fully functional USB on a $250 motherboard.
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#10
Breathless
by: popswala
I'm just happy to finally see an angled 24 pin and no ide. Bought time. Board looks nice.
+1


I think that EVERY connector on every motherboard should all be angled at this point. It would make for much easier wiring.
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#11
overclocking101
im with tekie on this, I wont ever run a evga board again, my 680i vrms exploded and they refused rma, my p55 ftw (1st one) shit out with the shitty socket, and my 2nd p55ftw did not perform as well or as stable as my asus boards. thye may have struck gold with X58 but everywhere else they have seriously dropped the ball. And they delete forum post asking, talking, and describing certain known problems
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#12
HillBeast
EVGA is seriously overhyped. For some reason everyone wants their motherboards to look like an EVGA now, and I don't see why that is a good thing. EVGA boards are ridiculously overhyped, and are terrible quality. Sure people may have hard ons for the X58 Classified, but hoo boy is that thing bad if you aren't LN2ing it. Seriously, why does it take so damned long to POST? Why are the plugs all in stupid places? Why is there a SATA port at the back?

But that's not this motherboard. This motherboard is just plain weird. Why are motherboard manufacturers STILL putting the molex plug for additional PCI-e power in the middle of the motherboard? Why not at the top or bottom? Why does the NF200 take up so much room at the top? They could have put it in a slightly different position and put a PCI-e 16x at the top, and then if you wanted 4 way SLI you wouldn't need single slot cards which either need to be water or extremely hot single slot air coolers. Why are the onboard power and reset buttons going to be covered by the graphics card if you put one in the bottom slot (which benchers WILL do)? Why only 6 SATA? Of course the 2 red ones are 6Gb/s, so why only 4 SATA from the ICH/PCH? My ICH10 on my motherboard has 6! Why are some of the chokes ugly old coil ones (around the RAM). Absolutely stupid. Not thought out at all. Anyone who buys this board and don't intend to LN2 it are mad.

by: overclocking101
im with tekie on this, I wont ever run a evga board again, my 680i vrms exploded and they refused rma, my p55 ftw (1st one) shit out with the shitty socket, and my 2nd p55ftw did not perform as well or as stable as my asus boards. thye may have struck gold with X58 but everywhere else they have seriously dropped the ball. And they delete forum post asking, talking, and describing certain known problems
MODS! DELETE THIS POST HE IZ TALKING SMACK ABOUT TEH EVGA!
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#13
hat
Maximum Overclocker
So EVGA boards suck eh... that might explain my oc issues with my server... can't get the damn thing to be stable at 1333FSB, 2.66GHz... when the CPU is supposed to be able to go up to around 3GHz at stock.

I wasn't a fan of their disorganized downloads section either...
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#14
Radical_Edward
The 939 board I have to recap for a friend is EVGA... 6 caps vented at once and the board managed to keep working, but I did some reading and apparently EVGA used the cheapest caps they could find on the time, good enough reason for me to stay away from them.
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#15
Wile E
Power User
Meh board is meh. Nothing special from EVGA, as usual. Run of the mill boards at premium prices. I'd probably take one of the new ASRock boards over an EVGA at this point.

The only board they make that I even remotely like is the Sr-2, and that's only because Gigabyte or Asus didn't release an OC friendly dual cpu board.
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#16
(FIH) The Don
no EVGA for me neither

last evga board i used was the 758, bad power management, shut the rig down when more than 1 gfx was inserted, that is pretty bad for a board that promotes SLI!
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#17
newtekie1
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by: hat
So EVGA boards suck eh... that might explain my oc issues with my server... can't get the damn thing to be stable at 1333FSB, 2.66GHz... when the CPU is supposed to be able to go up to around 3GHz at stock.

I wasn't a fan of their disorganized downloads section either...
As I said the issue with your E2140 is probably that at anything above 266FSB these lower end processors have huge FSB holes. Both my E3200 and E2180 don't work at 333FSB but do work at higher FSB speeds.
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#18
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
evga boards are so overpriced... you pay for the color scheme and support. thats it. You get the same experience with any other normal boards. RoG and these clasifieds are meh
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#19
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
I own an EVGA X58 board and i love it, but to be honest what most people are saying is true.

I payed around $300 for this board, and it's solid, but it's kind of a rip off when you really start comparing and you realize a lot of the sales and hype for EVGA boards comes from the bad ass color schemes, the promotions and the name itself being tied to the enthusiast community. There is no significant difference is features or quality that you couldn't find in lots of other board for a cheaper price.

I'm a long time EVGA user, and the board themselves haven't been bad for me, my 680i board was solid for over three years till i upgraded and my current board is doing great. But next time i'll probably switch brands as i'm sure i'll be able to find something cheaper with similar features and with quite possibly more quality.
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#20
[H]@RD5TUFF
GAH! The Power, Reset, and CMOS Reset went back down below the bottom PCI-E slot . .. dammit EVGA I thought we were past this kind of stupid design.
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#21
panchoman
Sold my stars!
nforce 200? WHAT?

i thought nvidia stopped making chipsets? let alone ones for intel cpu's..
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#22
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
by: panchoman
nforce 200? WHAT?

i thought nvidia stopped making chipsets? let alone ones for intel cpu's..
The nf-200 chip is just used to expand PCI-E bandwidth as far as i know, but Nvidia stopped making chipsets ending with the 790i.
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#23
HillBeast
by: CDdude55
The nf-200 chip is just used to expand PCI-E bandwidth as far as i know, but Nvidia stopped making chipsets ending with the 790i.
No matter it's function, it is about time they retire it. AFAIK Sandy Bridge is PCI-e 3.0 and NF200 is PCI-e 2.0. Basically now what EVGA have done is when NVIDIA or ATI release their first PCI-e 3.0 cards, it's going to bottleneck them.

As well as that, the NF200 needs to get on a serious diet: lower that fab and reduce the amount of power that thing is using for crying out loud NVIDIA. That heatsink on this motherboard for the NF200 is insanely big. I'm 99% sure the PLX PCI-e bridge chips are nowhere near as power hungry as this thing.
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#24
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: CDdude55
The nf-200 chip is just used to expand PCI-E bandwidth as far as i know, but Nvidia stopped making chipsets ending with the 790i.
by: HillBeast
No matter it's function, it is about time they retire it. AFAIK Sandy Bridge is PCI-e 3.0 and NF200 is PCI-e 2.0. Basically now what EVGA have done is when NVIDIA or ATI release their first PCI-e 3.0 cards, it's going to bottleneck them.

As well as that, the NF200 needs to get on a serious diet: lower that fab and reduce the amount of power that thing is using for crying out loud NVIDIA. That heatsink on this motherboard for the NF200 is insanely big. I'm 99% sure the PLX PCI-e bridge chips are nowhere near as power hungry as this thing.
The NF-200 does more than just PCI-E bandwidth expander, it is a bridge chip that takes 16 PCI-E lanes and converts them to 32 lanes. PCI 3.0 will not make a difference with the current or the next few GPU generations.

The PLX chips don't, AFAIK, have much lower TDPs compared to NF-200 and using the NF-200 nets you Tri-SLi support as well, so it is a no brainer why it was used here. The heatsink on this board is cooling the southbridge and the nf-200, and chances are the southbridge is why it is so big, not the nf-200.
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#25
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
by: newtekie1
The NF-200 does more than just PCI-E bandwidth expander, it is a bridge chip that takes 16 PCI-E lanes and converts them to 32 lanes
But isn't that what it would do then?, if it's adding extra lanes then you're getting more data throughput hence extra bandwidth. I thought it's sole purpose was in fact to add more lanes for boards with multiple PCI-E slots to gain more bandwidth that the chipset couldn't provide and nothing more.

But if there is more to it, i'd like to know.
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