EVGA X58 SLI Classified Unveiled - Specs - Pricing - Availability - EVGA Classified motherboard unveiled the rumored "For The Win" edition Living overclocking legend Peter Tan "Shamino" has just recently posted on his popular site VR-Zone a classified preview detailing EVGA's upcoming X58 motherboard. For the die hard EVGA enthusiasts, speculate no more, as this may be the X58 "FTW" edition board we have all been waiting for. According to sources close to EVGA, however, the soon to be released board will officially be named "EVGA Classified". Therefore, the "FTW" moniker will can be disregarded from this point forward. We are anticipating this board before mid-February mainly because this timeframe would allow current EVGA X58 SLI owners to upgrade through EVGA's Step-Up Program. There are more than several exciting new noteworthy features on this board that are now able to be mentioned. For instance, the board allows full 3-way SLI nForce 200 x16/x16/x16 style to be used with room left over for a PCI-E x1 audio card on the top slot. This essentially enables a flexible PCI-Express slot arrangement for the ultimate 3-Way SLI + PhysX + audio card setup that enthusiasts have only dreamed of up until now. For users with water cooled or extreme cooled GPU setups, there are now four PCI-Express Enable/Disable jumpers, one per slot, that allow multi-GPU setups to be troubleshooted without having to take out the cards. In addition, the CPU core power circuitry has been completely redesigned with Super-low ESR and ESL Film Capacitors placed right behind the CPU Socket, so only the cleanest power goes into the CPU. A high-quality CPU socket is also used, with three times the normal amount of gold content for the lowest impedance and highest current transfer. Furthermore, it is complemented by its slick shiny black anodized coloring. Furthermore, VR-Zone's X58 SLI Classified preview article was written by EVGA's lead motherboard engineer Peter Tan "Shamino" can be found here. *UPDATE*some more news EVGA X58 SLI Classified to launch after Chinese New Year pricing estimated around $450 During CES, Tim Smalley from bit-tech was kind enough to interview our friend Hans Wolfram Tismer from EVGA Europe regarding the specs, pricing and availability of the company's upcoming EVGA X58 SLI Classified 141-BL-E759-A1 motherboard. In his video interview, Wolfram suggested the board would be available in the US and Europe after Chinese New Year, not until the end of February or beginning of March. According to Wikipedia, the Year of the Ox will begin on January 26, 2009 which leaves us wondering why a late Q1 release was suggested. On another note, the original EVGA X58 SLI was launched on November 17, 2008 and according to EVGA will be qualified for Step-Up to the upcoming Classified model. However, a release date past mid-February would suggest that early adopters looking to upgrade will be left out in the cold, as the company's Step-Up program is only valid up to 90 days upon original purchase. The expected pricing on the X58 SLI Classified will be $450 in the US and €450 incl. VAT in Europe. Let us emphasize the fact that the current board is only $299.99 to assert that there will definitely be a price premium to be paid. Besides, the new board does in fact contain three times more gold in the motherboard CPU socket than Intel's standard reference design, allowing for improved conductivity. Nonetheless, with a team of six world class engineers under the instruction of legendary overclocking legend Shamino, this board is destined to set new world records in the first half of this year. Tim Smalley's interview with EVGA Europe can be found here. http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11384&Itemid=1 Also read: EVGA Classified motherboard unveiled I have the EVGA Q1 2009 Product Lineup for you guys as well.