Ultimate DIY Performance PC: EVGA & Intel Infused - HotHardware

Ultimate DIY Performance PC: EVGA & Intel Infused

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The EVGA Classified SR-2 is one behemoth of a motherboard. At first glance, other than the attractive black-and-red color scheme, the sheer size of the motherboard in comparison to standard ATX offerings is immediately apparent.

  

The EVGA Classified SR-2 is an HPTX form factor motherboard, measuring 13.6” long by 15” wide. It is absolutely huge. As such, it will not fit in any run of the mill full tower. More on that later though.

As we’ve mentioned, the SR-2 is built around Intel’s 5520 chipset, which supports socket 1366 Intel Xeon 5600 and 5500 series processors. If you’re unfamiliar with Xeon 5600 and 5500 series, they’re essentially the workstation class equivalents of the desktop oriented 32nm and 45nm Core i7 processors. The CPU sockets on the SR-2 are anodized in black and feature 3x the amount of gold content than standard sockets, which EVGA claims will enhance conductivity.

   

Although the sockets have 1366 pins like their desktop counterparts, the SR-2 requires coolers designed for Xeon processors, which have four retentions screws, rather than the push pins we’re used to on the desktop. While we’re talking cooling, the SR-2 also sports a large active cooler on the ICH10R Southbridge and NF200 switch incorporated into the board, a couple of additional heatsinks on the dual 8-phase digital PWMs accompanying each CPU socket.

As you can see, the board is outfitted with nothing but PCI Express x16 slots, which have flexibly PCI Express lane configurations and can accommodate 2-way, 3-way, and even 4-way SLI and CrossFire configurations. The SR-2 even has jumpers built in that give users the ability to disable PCI Express lanes for troubleshooting or extreme overclocking purposes.

  

Each socket is accompanied by a bank of six DDR3 DIMM slots, and scattered about the board are a number of additional power connectors. In addition to the 24-pin ATX and dual 8-pin CPU power connectors; there are a trio of supplementary PCI Express 6-pin power connectors like those that would normally be used for graphics cards. These additional connectors are only required when using multi-GPU graphics configurations or for extreme overclocking.

To further support the extreme overclocking crowd, the EVGA Classified SR-2 also features a row of contact points for voltage monitoring via a multi-meter, and integrated power, reset, and clear CMOS switches. And the board is built using nothing but high-quality solid capacitors.

  

We should also point out that in addition to exploiting all of the features available in the 5520 chipset; the EVGA Classified SR-2 is outfitted with NEC USB 3.0 and Marvell SATA 6G controllers, as well. In total, the board has 6 SATA II ports, 2 SATA III ports, and 2 SATA II eSATA ports, and 2 USB 3.0 and 10 USB 2.0 ports.

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WOW, looks like you had a lot to play with on your hands there :). Would be REAL nice for a sweepstakes ;) lol. Host a server or two and play on them with out a problem :D. First i got to get some better internet... :D

If HyperThreading were to be enabled for the Futuremark PCMark Vantage test how much would it of beat the i7-980x by? The 980x beats the sr2 by a bit with gaming :P, at a lower power consumption as well :). I don't like the NOT "Ultra Expensive" part :(

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Just as impressive as it is expensive...lol none the less I would love to have it just not buy it...lol 

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I would bet that HT, with this platform as it's configured, doesn't help much.  The benchmark just wasn't designed to exploit 24 cores (virtual or otherwise). The fact that it crashes before even running proves Futuremark didn't even test it.

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Wow is all I can say! That board is a thing of beauty top to bottom. The layout is absolutely prime, the cooling looks to be very well thought out, the components are top end all the way, the color scheme is gorgeous, it is a 1366 chipset, it has PCI-Express x16 ports all over the place, the memory top end is huge as well as the available memory speed. I am in love!

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That setup is pretty sick!

What's the price come to? something like $6,000??

Too bad it's not the best at gaming... boy would it make a good server tho lol

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I would love to see the games of the person who needs this to play them

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Well the big thing is it is a 1366 anyway, you could also throw a couple of the 980's in it as well as you could the chips they used here. Both of the chips fit a 1366 from what I understood. Then throw in a couple of the top end ATI or Nvidia cards and a ton of memory with some SSD raid 5 love and a big enough PSU you got a gamers love fest you could not beat. Heck give me 6 G's I could build you an absolute beauty on this motherboard. I imagine I could do it with 5000 as far as it goes lol.

(Hmm 2 980 X's 1900, 1200 watt PSU 300, Two Nvidia 480's liquid cooled 1200, 200 HAF tower, 400 MB, 4 x SSD & 100 each, 200 dual liquid CPU coolers, 200 liquid cool for 480, still got a lil left over for goodies)

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The specs for this board claim 4x SLI... which assuming is different from quad SLI.

4x GTX480s anyone?? Would love to see that!

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@Rapid1 - You can't put standard Core i7's in the board. It requires Xeons. But the Xeon 5680s I tested with are essentially identical to the 980x anyway--they just cost a whole bunch more. :)

@acarzt - That would be some serious power. :)

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oh I thought the Zeon's and 980 were the same chip socket, is it because the 980's won't work together where the 5680's will?

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