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Ultimate DIY Performance PC: EVGA & Intel Infused

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As we mentioned earlier, the EVGA Classified SR-2 sports an HPTX form factor, which is much larger than the ubiquitous ATX form factor of most desktop motherboards. The good thing about this large form factor is that EVGA had a lot of room to work with to keep the layout clean and integrate lots of bells and whistles, but a major downside is that the motherboard simply won’t fit in the vast majority of cases currently on the market.


The Lian Li PC-V2120A

At this point, the EVGA Classified SR-2 can only be installed (without modifications) in a handful of Mountain Mods cases using an updated motherboard tray, and a couple of Lian Li cases. For the purposes of our build, we reached out to Lian Li and were one of the first to get our hands on a new PC-V2120 prototype, fresh of the show floor at Computex.

   

   

The Lian LI PC-V2120 is an ultra-high-quality, all aluminum full tower, designed for enthusiasts or workstation professionals. The case will be offered in three versions, the PC-V2120B, which is black with a brushed aluminum interior, the PC-V2120A, which is all brushed aluminum, and the PC-V2120X, which is black inside and out.
The case is as spacious as can be—it has to be to accommodate the SR-2—and it outfitted with a ton of drive bays and cooling options. There is an integrated fan controller on the front, behind the finned door that covers the entire fascia. There are dual 140mm intake fans at the front, additional 120mm exhaust fans positions at the top (there were two on our prototype, but retail versions will have three), a 120mm rear mounted fan, and two more internal fans inside a movable drive mount and on an optional motherboard fan (the motherboard fan has to be removed for the SR-2 to fit).

   

There are positions for 11 expansion slots, 12 drive bays (four external 5.25”), and a separate zone at the bottom of the case for the PSU. There is sound deadening material installed on the side panels and front, and all of the intake fan positions have filters to prevent dust build up.

At the top of the case, four USB ports (2.0 or 3.0) are available, along with an eSATA port and headphone and microphone jacks, all under a little door that features the Lian Li logo.

As is typical of Lian Li products, the PC-V2120 is of the utmost quality. Even the prototype we worked with features excellent fit and finish and a flawless appearance. It’s a $499 - $549 case depending on your color choice, which isn’t cheap, but it’s an ideal enclosure for a system based on the EVGA Classified SR-2.

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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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