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EVGA's New Flagship X58 Platform Previewed

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    EVGA, having launched its X58 3X SLI motherboard which received raving reviews for its features, performance and price-point, looks to up the ante with a new flagship motherboard based on the Intel X58 platform for the Core i7 processors. While X58 motherboards start at the US $200 point, over a period, there has been a faint seggregation of the motherboards based on the prices and features, starting with a $200~240 range sans SLI support, $250~300 with SLI and >$300 enthusiast-grade range.

    EVGA's upcoming motherboard fits into the top-range of motherboards, which finds competition in the likes of ASUS Rampage II Extreme and MSI X58 Eclipse Plus. VR-Zone conducted a detailed preview of this upcoming motherboard dubbed "X58 SLI Classified", with "classified" meaning that its brand name is yet to be announced. Looking at the way EVGA has been branding its flagship motherboards in the past, it could be safe to speculate it that it could be something along the lines of "FTW".

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    This motherboard embeds a NVIDIA nForce 200 BR-03 bridge chip apart from the X58+ICH10R combo. The chip manages bandwidth to the installed graphics cards. With four PCI-Express x16 available, the PCI-Express lanes are arranged as x16, x16, x16 when three graphics cards are installed in 3-way SLI, or (x16, x16, x8) for graphics + x8 for the fourth GeForce graphics card that handles NVIDIA PhysX acceleration.

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    The motherboard features a digital PWM-based CPU power circuit. It uses high-grade components throughout. Among other regular features are support for up to 24GB of DDR3 triple-channel memory, 8 SATA II ports, 8-channel audio and Firewire. To help overclocking, EVGA provides a pop-out control and diagnostics card. There is no word on its availability and pricing.

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  2. eidairaman1

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    does the NB necessarily need that large of a heatsink to keep it cool, because in that case it will block CPU cooling and even certain GPU cooling
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    That NB cooler is just plain stupid. I'm sorry but do they really need a hs that big on the NB?
  4. InnocentCriminal

    InnocentCriminal Resident Grammar Amender

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    I'm looking forward to seeing how this stands up against the other boards, but especially the Bloodrage!

    I like it! :p I doubt it needs to be that big, but this is an enthusiast board so it's better to have it than not to have it I guess.
  5. meaintsmart New Member

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    How will the GPUs even get air flow? Is that what the slits on the side are for?
  6. Live OR Die

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    i dont know i think it looks mad and this board going to be a good step-up for me :toast:
  7. eidairaman1

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    question, why?

    just stick with what you have, be cost effective more so than that minor stepup.
  8. Live OR Die

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    it was my plan all along to step up to this board, and this board = higher oc for me
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    I'm with you on this one. It sure does look sweet and lots of nice PCI-e bandwidth.

    It's good to see another West Aussie in the forums.:toast:
  10. Live OR Die

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    :toast: all the way bro all the way
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    i wont buy anything with FTW on it.
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    Yeah, It's kind of stupid...?

    Any other boards without FTW, must be for the losers...

    Anyway, I like EVGA VGA cards, but not their mobo.
  13. DrPepper

    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    I think your current board has more in it, You've only got it at 3.2ghz
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    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    I just watched the video of this board running two overclocked i7's at the same time off the one PWM on this board. Damn thats nice. I wish I could afford it.

    This board looks really nice.
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    Nice, though I think I'll stick with the Asus P6T6 (all PCIe, no IDE).
  16. Live OR Die

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    GPU OVERCLOCKING NOT CPU;)
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    looks like overclockers nvidia fans dream... but is not GREEN :confused:
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Never ever heard of the motherboard making a difference, ever.
  19. Live OR Die

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    Dose if its a intel vs nvidia chipset, i could overclock alot higher with my old nvidia chipset, + this board looks sick :D
  20. DrPepper

    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Really, I never thought the motherboard had anything to do with it.
  21. Live OR Die

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    i could hit 750/1285/1540 with my card on my 780i i could push high if i had better cooling, i only can get to 730/1250/1500 with this X58 board, new board = nvidia 200 chip :toast:
  22. zooterboy

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    Uh, you are aware that there is no NB on the i7 boards...right?
  23. Binge

    Binge Overclocking Surrealism

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    are you aware that there very much is a north bridge?
  24. eidairaman1

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    Actually there is a NB, but its not a FSB anymore.
  25. freaksavior

    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    I like the way this board looks personally.
    Crunching for Team TPU

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