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EVGA Readies X58 FTW3 Motherboard

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EVGA is readying a new high-end socket LGA1366 motherboard building on its FTW (for the win) moniker, the X58 FTW3, carrying the EVGA SKU code of 132-GT-E768-KR. The new motherboard was spotted on the North American online retailer NCIX.com, where it was listed for US $342.39 and CA $319.99, before EVGA even launched the product or gave it a product page on the company website.

The 132-GT-E768-KR is a standard ATX motherboard. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase standard VRM, it is wired to six DDR3 slots for triple-channel memory support. The X58 IOU is cooled by a larger than usual heatsink, which slants towards the socket to give clearance to large CPU coolers. The X58 and ICH10R stick to the specifications, with no additional bridge chip. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16, x8, x8 when all three are populated, x16, x16, NC when the first two are), supporting 3-way SLI, 2-way SLI, and ATI CrossFireX. Connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s and six 3 Gb/s ports, two gigabit Ethernet controllers, 8 channel audio, two USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0 ports, and support for the EVBot OC module. EVGA should officially introduce this board soon.

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Looks nice, I like the grey & black colour scheme
 
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Looks awesome, but won't put clock the classified?
 
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Isnt it time for IDE to die on this level of motherboards?
 
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Isnt it time for IDE to die on this level of motherboards?
No as it can still be useful. Plus its not like its ugly (I mean the mobo plug) for getting in the way of anything.
 

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Asus killed IDE on their latest ROG mobos, EVGA should get a clue.:banghead:
 

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I use a EVGA X58 board and i use the IDE port so i don't have to go out and buy another DVD-ROM drive just to use SATA. So i'm glad they have that port on there.

But as for the board, its like i said in the other thread:

I already have a EVGA X58 SLI board (E758), and i personally see no point in ''upgrading'' to this board. Unless they offer an upgrade for current EVGA X58 owners, and even then i won't be doing it until USB3.0 and SATA3 are a set standards and are being fully utilized.
 
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$200+ for a top end x58 board and you don't won't to invest $20 on a sata drive..:slap:
 

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$200+ for a top end x58 board and you don't won't to invest in a $20 sata drive..:slap:
No point if i already have a drive, a SATA DVD drive won't offer me any benefit besides a thinner cable. I see no point in spending money on a new one.
 

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A lot of enthusiasts prefer using IDE when benchmarking as they're not as 'touchy' as most SATA controllers. Personally I don't it on my future mainboard but y'know some people do.
 

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A lot of enthusiasts prefer using IDE when benchmarking as they're not as 'touchy' as most SATA controllers. Personally I don't it on my future mainboard but y'know some people do.
Most of the IDE controllers these days are on the PCIe bus, just like the SATA controllers. You don't gain any stability going with IDE anymore.
 
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any news on the X68 chipset or its it just talk at the moment?
 

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any news on the X68 chipset or its it just talk at the moment?
Haven't heard anything official about the X68 or P65 chipsets. There's some old rumors though:

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-x68-rumor-issueing-usb-30-and-sata-6gbps-in-q2-2010--/

And tpu had something on the new stuffs after X58

http://www.techpowerup.com/120581/I...ets_Chipsets_Reorganize_Platform_Further.html

The next big platform to succeed the LGA-1366, which caters to processors in the upper performance-though-enthusiast segments is the "Patsburg" platform, succeeding the existing "Tylersburg" based Intel X58, 5000 series chipsets. Here, Intel will introduce a massive new socket, the LGA-2011. The pin count is drastically increased for two reasons: the processor will have a 256-bit wide memory interface (quad-channel DDR3), and the northbridge component (currently X58 PCH) will be integrated completely into the processor package, upping the pin count with the PCI-Express and DMI pins. The on-die PCI-Express 2.0 root-complex will give out 32 lanes for graphics (unlike 16 lanes on the LGA-1155), and a DMI link to the so-called "Intel X68" chipset, which is relegated to being a Platform Controller Hub, just like the P55, or P67. The X68 could have a feature-set similar to the P67.
 
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The positioning of the socket seems a little odd. And wouldn't the northbridge heatsink be in the way of some of the big air-coolers? And the price isn't very attractive either, since it's not that far away from a Classified board.
 
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The positioning of the socket seems a little odd. And wouldn't the northbridge heatsink be in the way of some of the big air-coolers? And the price isn't very attractive either, since it's not that far away from a Classified board.
no its not much different than the normal X58 SLI northbridge heatsink
 

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is this supposed to be better than the X58 3x SLI? or not?

for me PCI express slots are very important since i need 4 of them...

i have 5970 CF , GT220 and Xonard Sound card, so is this MB good for me or not?

will it be worth it compared to 3X sli classified?
 
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Noticed something on this board, but not only this one. Many follow the same design.

If you buy a high end board like this, you're probably or even definitely going to put a high end 2-slot graphics card in it.

So that nice little PCI-E x1 slot will never be used. Makes me wonder why the even put it there, or swap positions with one of the PCI slots?
 
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Most of the IDE controllers these days are on the PCIe bus, just like the SATA controllers. You don't gain any stability going with IDE anymore.
And if you have a jmicron ide controller you will likely have bsods because of their wonderful drivers. I had one in another mobo and the conclusion was: screw my old dvd burner
 

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too expensive for such a "low-end" mobo
 

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